Music Production Podcast

By Brian Funk

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 Sep 2, 2019

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An exploration of music production through informal discussions about technique, philosophy, gear, and creativity. Hosted by Brian Funk, aka AfroDJMac, a musician, songwriter, teacher, and Ableton Certified Trainer.

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#126: Remute - Producing Music on Sega MegaDrive and Fighting Maximalism
01:12:08

Remute is a techno artist who is bringing new meaning to "minimalism." Revolting against our maximalist culture, Denis Karimani (aka Remute) programmed and released his latest album on the Sega MegDrive 16-bit video game system of the 1990's (known as "Sega Genesis" in the USA). 

On this episode of the Music Production Podcast, Denis Karimani (aka Remute) discusses his work as an artist and how he started his own record label to pursue his artistic vision. Remute talks about how he built his album "Limited" on a 3.5 floppy disc, and how he released his latest album as a Sega MegaDrive cartridge. 

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Show Notes:

  • Remute - Check out Remute's entire musical catalog.
  • Technoptimistic - Remute's latest album, programmed and released on the Sega MegaDrive.
  • Limited - Remute's album released on a 3.5 floppy disc.
  • Trump - One of the many tracks Remute made with headline news samples.
  • Twitter 
  • Instagram
  • Facebook 
  • genMDM - Device for connecting MIDI to and controlling the Sega Genesis sound card.
  • Plogue - Makers of Chipsounds and Chipsynth MD video game sound chip emulation plug-ins.
  • Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Sep 17, 2019
#125: Dani DiCiaccio - KYOSi - Collaboration, Performance, and Expanding Artistic Horizons
52:11

Dani DiCiaccio produces experimental electronic music with a hint of pop as KYOSi. She just released a new EP Negative Space. Dani has produced music for film, theatre, and podcasts. 

In this episode, Dani shares her thoughts on experimental music and live performance. We talked about how saying yes to a variety of different projects can help expand one's artistic horizon. 

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Show Notes:

KYOSi - Official Site

SoundCloud - Keep up with Dani's new music.

Instagram

Facebook

SoHo Shakes - Dani did music for their adaptation of Macbeth, The Sisters.

Tommy Zee - Music Production Podcast about making music for brands.

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Sep 10, 2019
#124: David Abravanel - Musician, Journalist, Marketer
01:16:24

David Abravanel has worked with some of the most important companies in music production. He has done marketing work for Ableton, Eventide, and Sensel. He writes for Ableton's blog, Create Digital Music, and many more. He always seems to be right in the middle of the action.

On this episode, David shares his experience working for various music production companies. As a confessed plug-in hoarder, he shares some of his favorite plug-ins. David shares his knowledge about live performance with a DAW and/or modular synthesizers. 

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Show Notes:

Official Site - The home of David's work.

Bandcamp - Listen to some of David's music.

Instagram - Keep track of David's work and musical jams.

Presets by Stefan Goldman

Eventide's Physion

Mosaic by Echo Bit


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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Aug 25, 2019
#123: Drew Mayhills - A New Release Every Month
01:11:20

Drew Mayhills is a musician, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer in Australia. He releases music as Mayhills. Drew creates visceral and emotive music, ranging from energetic and angry to soft and soothing. His work moves people on the dance floor and in yoga and meditation studios. Drew has committed himself to a new release every month.

Drew and I talked about staying disciplined and focused around making music. Drew shared his wisdom as both a prolific producer and as an educational coach. 

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Show Notes:

Mayhills - Official Page of Drew's work.

Mayhills on Apple Music

Mayhills on Spotify

Mayhills on Soundcloud

Mayhills "In Shadows" - Music video for a recent Mayhills track.

Instagram - Keep up with Drew on the Gram.

Produce Music Like a Chef - Music Production Podcast #104

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Aug 18, 2019
#122: Tommy Zee - Making Music For Brands
01:55:17

Tommy Zee runs Tommy Zee and Co., a music production company that makes music for some of the world's largest brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Google, Sony, and more. He aims to move people emotionally with his music. Tommy began as a banker by day and DJ by night before quitting his job and starting his company. 

In this episode, Tommy Zee talks about creating music and sound for brands. Tommy discusses his path and what it took for him to take a leap of faith and make music his full time career. We had a great discussion about being productive, making connections with people, and working fast in order to be successful as a commercial craftsman. 

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Show Notes:

Tommy Zee and Co. - Tommy's music production company for brands.

Making Music For Brands - Learn how to break into the world of commercial music production and download the free PDF "7 Ways to Make Money with Music For Brands."

Tony Schwartz - author of The Responsive Chord.

Jim Guthrie - Composer of Sword & Sorcery soundtrack and collaborator with Tommy.

Game Meets Album - CDM piece on Guthrie's work.

CasiOP-1 Ice Caves - Free Ableton Live Pack made with Casio SK-1 and Ice Cave samples.

Be PROlific - Music Production Podcast #120 on the importance of quantity.

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Aug 15, 2019
#121: Sound Design with Field Recordings
49:31

I've been accumulating some field recordings over the last few months, and on today's episode we do something with them. 

I used recordings of the checkout line at Costco, my dogs eating ice cubes, and crickets in the rain. After about 30 minutes of experimentation, I wound up with a textured synth pad, a beepy pluck instrument, some interesting transitional noises and risers, and a Drum Rack of my dogs eating ice cubes. 

This episode was recorded live as a YouTube streaming video, and the instruments are available as a free download. 

Watch the video and download the free Ableton Live Pack.

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Jul 31, 2019
#120: Be PROlific
31:46

Quality comes from quantity, so make as much music as you can. The more you do anything the better you get at it.

In this episode, I talk about a few things that have inspired me lately, and they all have to do with being prolific. 

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Show Notes:

  • JUNO-106 Ableton Live Pack - The instruments used to make the intro music.
  • Drumtraks by ReverbMachine - Drums used in the intro music. Save 50% with code: AFRODJMAC
  • Gumroad Found Sahil Lavingia - Sahil has some powerful thoughts on being prolific, which he shared on the podcast.
  • Chef Elf - Nate Beaudry made a new piece of music every day for 500 days. He talks with me about it on the podcast.
  • Bruce Herwig - a great blog about a ceramic teacher's grading policy.
  • On Writing - Steven King's amazing book on writing.
  • War of Art - Steven Pressfield's inspiration kick in the ass. This book is so inexpensive and yet so valuable.

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Jul 26, 2019
#119: Abid Hussain - Copyright, Sampling, and Overcoming Creative Blocks
01:22:49

Abid Hussain is an electronic and alternative rock music producer, Ableton Certified Trainer, and licensed attorney. Abid gave a helpful speech on sampling and copyrights at last year's Loop conference. He produces music under the name Nebulae. 

In this episode, Abid gives some unofficial legal advice on sampling and copyrighting your music. We also discuss dealing with and overcoming creative blocks. 

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Show Notes:

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Jul 17, 2019
#118: They Owe US - Synths, Live Performance, and Perfect Imperfections
50:30

They Owe Us is an electronic, rock, alternative (my words, not theirs) duo from Sweden. They have an affinity towards vintage analog gear and homemade drum kits. They've just released their debut album Broken English and Sad Serenades.

I got to speak with Rane and Kris about their creative process, the new album, and live performance. They shared their approach to writing and recording, which they described as a little backwards. We also get into the imperfections that make music special.

The opening music is the title track of their new album.

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Show Notes:

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the My Store with the code: PODCAST

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Jul 10, 2019
#117: 10 Time-Saving Music Production Hacks
22:55

We all have the same 24 hour days. No one is more successful than you because they have more time. The most productive people make time. In today's episode of the Music Production Podcast, we discuss 10 things you can do to make the most of your time and get more done. 

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Show Notes:

Ableton Live 10.1 Keyboard Shortcuts - printable PDF of useful editing shortcuts.

2 Minute Ableton Live Tip #46 - Quickly Map Root Notes in Sampler

JUNO-106 Ableton Live Pack - 81 Ableton Live Instrument Racks made from samples of the Roland Juno-106.

Foundational Drum Beats Sample Pack - 275 basic acoustic drum beats for starting new tracks.

Workflowy - Make simple to do lists. This has helped me tremendously! 

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Jun 27, 2019
#116: Beatchain Founder, Ben Mendoza, Using AI to Build Your Fanbase
01:05:49

Ben Mendoza is the founder of Beatchain, a powerful new data science and digital marketing platform that helps artists connect with and grow their fanbase. Beatchain allows musicians to target new and existing fans by collecting data and using machine learning. Artists can use this information to learn what posts are most effective, target people in specific geographical locations with specific interests, and learn what campaigns are being engaged with the most.

In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, Beatchain founder Ben Mendoza explains how Beatchain could help artists advance their career and intelligently focus their promotional efforts. Ben opened my eyes about how an understanding of important data about an audience can help an artist understand what content is likely to make the most meaningful connections. 

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Show Notes:

Beatchain - Sign up for access to the beta program for free.

MusicTech Magazine - A nice in-depth explanation of Beatchain on MusicTech.

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk


Jun 24, 2019
#115: URSA - Music Extreaming - Founders Chad Royce and Christopher Jones
43:03

URSA is a new music streaming service that allows artists to share bios, album liner notes, pictures, lyrics, photos, videos, and more with their fans. It promises to make deeper and more meaningful connections between artists, fans, and the music. 

In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, I sit down to talk with URSA's founders Christopher Jones and Chad Royce. Chris and Chad are artists themselves and felt they could create a streaming service that allows fans and artists to connect on a deeper level. We talk about their vision for URSA, what the platform is capable of, and the challenges they face building a new platform that could change the way we consume music.

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Show Notes:

URSA Music Extreaming - Learn more about URSA and apply to participate in the beta program.

About Chris and Chad

URSA on Instagram

URSA on Twitter

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Jun 21, 2019
#114: Identity Crisis and The End of AfroDJMac
37:34

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;" -Shakespeare

I've decided to drop the name AfroDJMac and move forward using my actual name, Brian Funk. I've wrestled with artist names for a while and decided to just drop it. The result has been surprisingly liberating.

In this episode, we talk about artist names, why we have, and if we even need them. I'll go over why I adopted one in the first place and why I've now let it go. I have some ideas about what makes a good artist name (none of which I have actually followed myself) and question the whole concept of even having artist names.

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Show Notes:

BrianFunk.com - My newly revised website, that makes finding my work much easier.

Mark Cawley - Author of Song Journey on the Music Production Podcast. He talks about the potential confines of being an artist over being a song writer. 

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site BrianFunk.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Jun 08, 2019
#113: Matty Harris - Mixing and Mastering Engineer
01:01:22

Matty Harris is a mixing and mastering engineer who has worked with Kelly Clarkson, Sammy Adams, Lil Yachty, A$AP Rocky, Cousin Stizz, Cam Meekins, and many more. He runs the online mixing and mastering site MixandMasterMySong.com.

Matty and I had a great conversation about some best practices in mixing and mastering. Matty shared some of his favorite tools and offered some practical advice that can help producers of all levels. I enjoyed how open Matty was with sharing his knowledge and walked away with quite a few tips and techniques I'm excited to try in my next mix.

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Show Notes:

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

May 31, 2019
#112: Artist as Observer vs. Creator
22:16

Musicians and artists are often thought of as creatives. We build, construct, and create out of thin air. In this episode, I explore the benefits of changing our thinking as that of a creator to that of an observer. By becoming an observer, we are noticing and curating the art and music. It can take the pressure out of the creative process and teach us to be more openminded. 

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Show Notes:

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the AfroDJMac Store with the code: PODCAST

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

May 24, 2019
#111: 10 Things To Do When You Are Uninspired
20:11

It’s impossible to live in a constant state of inspiration. Truth is, inspiration is quite rare. And when it comes, it is hard to hold on to. So what can we do when we don’t feel like getting to work or we don’t have any ideas? This is a struggle I am currently feeling, so I made a list of things I can do to regain some inspiration and find new ideas. This episode of the podcast is really a pep talk to myself. I hope it can help you next time you are struggling to find ideas and inspiration.

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Show Notes:

Music Production Club- Get new Ableton Live downloads in your inbox every month!

Fact TV Against The Clock - Watch producers make a track in 10 minutes.

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the AfroDJMac Store with the code: PODCAST

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the AfroDJMac Store with the code: PODCAST

 

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

May 16, 2019
#110: David Frangioni - Technologist, Engineer, Producer, Drummer, and Author of Crash!
01:09:36

David Frangioni is a drummer, music technologist, studio designer, and author of the book Crash, which is an illustrative chronicle of rock and roll's legendary drum kits. He has worked with a who's who of rock legends like Aerosmith, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, Ringo Starr, and KISS. His company, Audio One, builds and installs the most high-end luxury studios. David just released the book Crash! The World's Greatest Drum Kits.

In this episode of the podcast, David Frangioni shares his experience working with some of rock and roll's greatest. He details his unpredictable path in the music industry and emphasizes the importance of hard work, consistency, and commitment. 

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Show Notes:

Official Web Site - The hub of all of David' work. 

Crash! - David's beautiful, illustrated new book on the most legendary drum kits in rock history.

Audio One - David's industry leading company for luxury A/V installations.

Frangioni Foundation - non-profit charitable organization that enriches lives through the power of music, technology, faith and charity.

Books and Resources - David's books and music production resources.

Instagram - Follow David on Instagram.

Steve Jobs - Incredibly inspiring 2005 commencement speech for Stanford University.

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VHS DRUMS Ableton Live Pack - 600 drum samples recorded to VCR tapes and built into 30 Ableton Live Drum Racks.

Micro Cassette Ableton Live Pack - 30 Ableton Live Instrument Racks built from samples of classic synthesizers and instruments recorded with a micro cassette recorder.

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the AfroDJMac Store with the code: PODCAST

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Intro Music provided by Nick Lovell aka Trash Picnic and creator of MyBackroomBeats.

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

 

May 02, 2019
#109: Mark Cawley - Songwriter and Author of Song Journey
01:01:08

Mark Cawley is a hit songwriter, with credits to his name for artists like Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, and many more. His new book, Song Journey: A Hit Songwriter’s Guide Through the Process, the Perils, and the Payoff of Writing Songs for a Living, offers practical steps and advice for songwriters. It's currently the #1 new release in the Music Composition category on Amazon. Mark also offers one on one coaching to songwriters at his website IDoCoach.com. 

It was great to talk with Mark. His perspective on songwriting goes deep on the craft and the workmanship, but still hangs on to a sense of childlike wonderment. He shares plenty of tools and techniques to build a disciplined craft of songwriting, while emphasizing the importance of having fun, staying openminded, and maintaining enthusiasm. Just as his book is easy to read, Mark was easy to talk to and extremely generous with his knowledge and experiences. 

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Show Notes:

Song Journey - Mark's new book on how to become successful songwriter.

IDoCoach - Mark's website where he offers coaching for songwriters. 

IDoCoach Blog - Mark's blog with helpful articles about songwriting.

 

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

 

Apr 26, 2019
#108: Music Production Problems
13:27

If one thing is for sure, you will run into problems while producing music. Maybe it's a technical issue, a creative issue, or a personal issue, either way, you are sure to have them. So what do you do? 

In this episode, I offer some ways of rethinking problems from something bad to something good and productive. 

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Show Notes:

REEL SYNTHS V2: MOOG MG-1 Ableton Live Pack - the intro music was composed using this new Ableton Live Pack

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the AfroDJMac Store with the code: PODCAST

 

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Apr 23, 2019
#107: GARDNSOUND - Synthesizers, Pets, Ethics, and Making Music
01:29:33

GARDNSOUND is the work of Gardner Beson, a musician, producer, and YouTuber known for his helpful tutorials. Gardner generously shares his production techniques and skills with his audience. He runs Gardnsound Studios, which caters to artists that excel at breaking through the barriers that contain conventional EDM.

I had an interesting and wide-ranging conversation with Gardner. The first five minutes center around his pet parrot Lyla, who was present for the conversation. Then we move on to studio production techniques and some synthesizer talk. We even get to topics of ethics and personal online legacy. This is a great example of a conversation that covers all kinds of seemingly unrelated topics, which all come together under the spirit of making music. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or Spotify; watch on YouTube

Show Notes:

  • Website - Gardner's music on Bandcamp.
  • YouTube - Gardner’s impressive collection of helpful and inspiring videos.
  • Twitter - Gardi B on Twitter (only the most recent posts exist!)
  • BIP - Bounce in Place - Max for Live device that simplifies the resampling process.
  • Casey Neistat - Famous YouTuber who comes up in conversation.
  • Color Jumper - Video game by Ben Burnes.
  • Ben Burnes - on the Music Production Podcast. 

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the AfroDJMac Store with the code: PODCAST

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

Apr 11, 2019
#106: Stay Productive with Lists
06:35

As I've been working on my live performance set, I've found two simple things helping quite a lot: to-do lists and done lists. In this episode, I share how I am using simple lists to help with my productivity and motivation.

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Show Notes:

REEL SYNTHS V1: PROPHET 6 - Ableton Live Pack made with sounds of the Prophet 6 analog synthesizer, sampled to reel to reel tapes. 

Workflowy - Great tool for making to-do lists.

Eshan Khadaroo - Push4Life on the Music Production Podcast.

Save 25% on Ableton Live Packs at the AfroDJMac Store with the code: PODCAST

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac


Apr 01, 2019
#105: Jason Timothy Ward 2 - The Mental Game of Music Production
01:18:42

Jason Timothy Ward runs the site MusicSoftwareTraining.com, where he teaches you how to produce music by not just showing you the tools, but also addressing the mental side. What I love about Jason's work is his ability to deal with the philosophical side of his art. Jason has tremendous insight on how our mind often gets in the way of our work, and offers practical solutions we can all use.

In our second conversation, Jason and I pick up where we left off, talking workflow, best practices, and the philosophy of making music. I found it extremely valuable and inspiring. I hope you do too!

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Show Notes:

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Mar 27, 2019
#104: Produce Like a Chef: Mise-En-Place
25:11

The kitchen of a restaurant can be one of the more hectic workplaces. In order to make delicious dinners in all of the chaos, chefs need to be extremely disciplined. 

As music producers, we can learn a lot about our craft by observing how chefs manage to complete their art in the "heat" of the moment (couldn't resist the pun :).

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Show Notes:

Micro Cassette Ableton Live Pack - all sounds in the intro music were made with this collection of instruments built from sounds recorded to a handheld micro cassette recorder.

Organizing Like a Chef Makes for Good Habits - NPR broadcast from August 2014 (not 2005 as I mistakenly said in the show) that inspired this episode.

Seconds Pro - Interval Timer app for your phone.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

 

Mar 19, 2019
#103: Eshan Khadaroo aka Push4Life 2: Challenging Yourself to Keep Growing
01:35:32

Eshan Khadaroo has performed with Grammy award winning artists such as Cirque Du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Imogen Heap, and many more. In recent years, Eshan has been releasing some of the finest tutorials and video courses for Ableton Push under the name Push4Life. Eshan just released a new video course called Getting to Know (and love) Chromatic Mode on Ableton Push 2.

Eshan is offering listeners of this podcast access to the first set of tutorials in the new course for free at: http://push4life.eu/afrodjmac

I had a great conversation with Eshan. We discussed his new course, the state of electronic musical instruments, and finding balance as an artist and working musician. Eshan's work is backed by philosophic thinking that guides him from project to project, and he shares those perspectives with us in this episode.

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Show Notes:

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Mar 02, 2019
#102: Nate Beaudry aka Chef Elf - Making Tracks Every Day for Over a Year
01:27:18

Nate Beaudry makes music as Chef Elf. He is an incredible example of discipline and hard work. Nate has released a new track every day since January 1, 2018; that's over 400 tracks! 

Nate and I had a great conversation about making music, staying productive, and finding ways to show up every day and get to work. Nate shares some tips he has discovered over the last year that has helped him keep working. The conversation covers lots of topics and even takes some unexpected turns to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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Show Notes:

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

 

Feb 27, 2019
#101: Tom Frampton 2 - Revealing the Truth in Your Mixes
33:00

Tom Frampton is the creator of Mastering the Mix, a site dedicated to teaching producers how to get the best mixes of their music possible. He recently released a new service called Bounce Boss that simplifies and streamlines the collaboration process. Tom also has a host of plug-ins that can help you create the best mix possible.

This is the second time I've had a chance to talk with Tom. We discussed his new project, Bounce Boss, and got into the truth of what is happening when you load plug-ins into your mixes. Tom is an experienced producer and mastering engineer, and he kindly shares his wisdom in this episode.

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Show Notes:

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

 

Feb 24, 2019
#100: Go Now; Correct Course Later
15:24

It's episode 100! I felt a lot of pressure to make episode 100 something special. Soon the anticipation grew into anxiety and worry. It's very common for us to build things up so big in our minds that they seem insurmountable. In this episode, I retreat back to the same approach that got this podcast started in the first place and discuss how we can apply that to making music.

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Show Notes:

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac



 

Feb 19, 2019
#99: Mark Mosher - Synthesist, Live Performance, Track Deconstruction
02:02:36

Mark Mosher is a Synthesist, Composer, Performer, Founder of the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup, and hosts the Sonic Encounters Podcast. He has run his music production blog, Modulate This! (now merged with his MarkMosherMusic.com website) for about 15 years. Mark plays in a number of ensembles and has produced music and visuals for the stage, planetariums, and picture.

Mark and I had an excellent conversation about his work as a synthesist, composer, and live performer. We discussed his musical workflows and use of visuals in his performances. Mark also deconstructs and takes us behind the creative process of his newest single "Disconnected." This episode is loaded with both practical and philosophical wisdom from Mark's diverse and extensive experience as an artist.

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Show Notes:

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Feb 09, 2019
#98: Francis Preve - Sound Design, Synthesis, VanLife
01:58:20

Francis Preve is a sound designer, journalist, and educator. He teaches synthesis and sound design at Austin Community College. His writings on synthesis, sound design and gear can be found in top publications such as Keyboard magazine, Computer Music Magazine, and CDM. Francis has contributed synthesizer presets to just about every major manufacturer of hardware and software synths. It is quite likely you have some of his sounds in your collection. 

This is the second time Francis has taken time to be on the podcast; he is our first repeat guest! Francis discusses his teaching and some of the projects he has been involved in over the past year. It was a wide ranging conversation with plenty of interesting tangents, as well as lots of useful and practical information about sound design, synthesis, and even #vanlife. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:


Official Site - The main hub for Francis's work.

Instagram - Follow Francis's journeys in sound design and #vanlife.

SympleSound - Francis's store for his sound and preset packs.

Scapes - Synthesized recreations of natural environments.

Francis' Apple News Channel - a great way to keep up with Francis's work.

Serum Toolkit 3 - The 3rd installment of Francis's critically-acclaimed Serum presets.

Austin Community College - Where Francis teaches. Look for big growth here in the arts and music departments.

Free Serum Winter Pack - A collection of Serum sounds made by Francis's Synthesis 2 students.

Synthwave for System 8 - Francis teamed up with Carma Studios to produce this collection of retro synth sounds for the Roland System 8.

Korg Volca Modular Review - Francis's thoughts on the new Volca from Korg.

Music Production Podcast #38 - My first podcast with Francis.

And some topics that came up after we stopped recording...

Sound Waves Levitate Small Objects 

Quantum Harmonic Oscillator 

Ray Kurzweil on Ramona

TV Tropes

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Jan 30, 2019
#97: Fighting Off the NAMM Gear Lust
17:56

It's time for another NAMM show! This weekend, manufacturers from around the world will gather in Los Angeles to showcase their latest gear. It's one of the most exciting times of the year for music makers. Perhaps there will be the announcement of that magic piece of gear that will finally enable you to release all that music locked up inside you...

The truth is, you probably already have everything you need to make that music. And further more, much of what you have likely sits in your studio gathering dust, never having reached its full potential. Unfortunately, us artists are extremely vulnerable to and new advances in technology and the clever marketing that accompanies it.

In this episode, I try to offer some ideas and thoughts on how we can fight the inevitable gear lust NAMM brings us. Stay strong and fight off the NAMM gear lust!

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Show Notes:

NAMM - National Association of Music Merchants website.

Music Radar - Music Radar's wall to wall coverage of NAMM.

Moog Sub Phatty PLUCKS - a FREE Ableton Live Pack to quench the thirst for new gear.

PLUCKS - my latest premium collection of instruments for Ableton Live and Logic Pro X. (Sorry, I know putting that link here is a bit hypocritical!)

EchoMelt - Psychic Modulation's beautiful VST/AU audio effect machine.
 

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Jan 24, 2019
#96: Zaak Kerstetter - Ableton Certified Trainer, Zenotope
01:20:38

Zaak Kerstetter is an Ableton Certified Trainer, producer and performer. He makes music as Zenotope, combining elements of glitch, ambient, downtempo, and bass with doses of classical and sci-fi. Zaak has worked at many different music production schools and is currently working and teaching at KMGLife. 

I met Zaak at Ableton Loop in November, and we hit it off immediately. We talked about making music, production tips, and education philosophy. So I was excited to pick up our conversation in a more focused setting. With a background in punk rock and experimental music, Zaak has some unique insights about producing electronic music and building a community of music makers. 

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Show Notes:

Zenotope - Keep up with Zaak’s music.

KMG Academy - Zaak heads up the Ableton Music Production Program.

Boulder Ableton User Group - Zaak organizes the Boulder, Colorado Ableton Live User Group.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Jan 19, 2019
#95 : Sahil Lavingia - Gumroad CEO; Less is More
01:21:26

Sahil Lavingia is a designer, writer, painter, and creator of Gumroad. Gumroad is a platform designed for artists to sell and share their work; it’s what I use to distribute all of my own products. While still a teenager, Sahil was the first designer for Pinterest.

Sahil and I had an awesome conversation about art, music, and the creative process. We discussed simplicity and productivity. I was immediately struck by the depth of his focus and his ability to see connections between so many seemingly different areas of life. This conversation transcends any one form of art and applies to just about any activity one might partake in.

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Show Notes:

Gumroad - The platform Sahil creator for artists to share their work with the world.

Twitter - Follow Sahil on Twitter.

Instagram - Keep up with Sahil’s artwork.

Across the Border - A charming and engaging short story by Sahil.

Great Interview with Sahil

AfroDJMac Music Production Club - Get the January 2019 download, PLUCKS for Ableton Live and Logic Pro X.

PLUCKS Ableton Live and Logic Pro Pack

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Jan 13, 2019
#94: Cuckoo - Live Performance, Synths, Overcoming Challenges
01:35:01

Cuckoo is well-known for his playful personality, fun music, and deep music-gear tutorials with the little circular mirror. Music Radar just voted him the best music tech personality in the world. I first came across Cuckoo in 2011 when he started producing some of the best OP-1 tutorials, which showed me creative ways to use the OP-1. Since then, he has consistently stepped up his game, providing ever more useful tutorials, sound packs, and inspiring jams.

After months of discussion, Cuckoo and I finally found a time to talk that fit our 6-hour timezone separation. Cuckoo generously shared some of his tips at staying productive and completing big projects. But he also opened up about the challenges of creation that we all face. It was comforting to know that someone like Cuckoo, with near superhuman output, still struggles to overcome these very human challenges. He offered some of his techniques he uses to persevere. It was a great candid and relaxing conversation that I’ve been excited to have for some time now. Enjoy!

Show Notes:

Official Site - Connect to all things Cuckoo.

Instagram - Check out Cuckoo’s jams and explorations of his musical toys.

YouTube - Plenty of long-form tutorials on the latest gear.

Patreon - Cuckoo’s work involves a lot of time, energy, and experience, if you like it, help him out!

Samples and Packs - Lots of unique and Cuckoo-styled sound packs.

BandCamp - Listen to Cuckoo’s music.

Music Radar - Music Radar just named Cuckoo the best music tech personality in the world!

Tindra’s Light - Cuckoo’s animated short film.

Cuckoo Clothing - Get your Cuckoo shirts, hoodies, and tank tops.

VDMX - Live visuals software.

Do Ink - iPad animation software.

Yea Yea Yea - Short cartoon music video I made some years ago.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Jan 04, 2019
#93: Margaret Harmer - Producer, Percussionist; Voices From Eris
01:18:07

Margaret Harmer is a trained percussionist and electronic music producer. She runs a professional recording and production studio called Shifting Waves. Margaret just finished work on Voices From Eris, a collaborative album featuring female electronic artists from around the world. Voices From Eris brings together women of all different backgrounds, and is made up of all different styles of electronic music.

I first met Margaret through my work with Berklee Online, while facilitating the Ableton Live sampling course. Maraget’s music and her dedication to growth and exploration stood out immediately. In this episode of the podcast, Margaret discusses her work, background, and the tremendous effort which went into Voices From Eris.

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Show Notes:

Official Site - The main place for Margaret’s work.

Voices From Eris - Foundraiser site.

Voices From Eris - SoundCloud site.

Voices From Eris - BandCamp site.

The store of Voices From Eris - Margaret writes about the process of producing the album.

YouTube - Margaret’s performances and experiments.

Shifting Waves - Margaret’s recording studio and label.

The artists featured in the episode:

Meri Nikula / Ode To The Women Who Were Silenced

Sweden

http://www.merinikula.com

https://vimeo.com/merinikula

Jude Casseday aka dejacusse / Song of Sirens

Durham, North Carolina, USA

https://dejacusse.blog

https://soundcloud.com/dejacusse

Rosa Latva / Merenneito

Finland

www.rosalatva.com

rosalatva.bandcamp.com

Peggy Nelson / Sagitta

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

http://velveteenbenjamin.com/

https://soundcloud.com/otolythe

Sissel Berntsen / Black stone gong

Norway

http://sisselberntsen.no

https://soundcloud.com/sissle/wldpool2017

Sofy Yuditskaya / Persephone’s song

New York, USA

http://yuditskaya.com

Margaret Harmer / There is a way

Geneva, Switzerland

http://www.shiftingwaves.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/MargaretHarmer

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Dec 25, 2018
#92: Huston Singletary - Ableton Content Creator; Singularities
01:11:24

Huston Singletary is the lead sound designer for preset creation at Ableton. He heads a team of sound designers that create the “sound” of Live. Over the years, Huston has done sound design and preset creation for numerous instruments, including Omnisphere, Novation Peak, Prophet X, and so many more. He documents a lot of his work and experiments on his Instagram page. Today, Ableton has released a free gift created by Huston called Singularities. Singularities is a collection of 40 Instrument Racks Huston built from samples of classic synthesizers.

In this episode, Huston discusses his role at Ableton and the team of talented sound designers he has assembled to create the beautiful palette of sounds featured in Ableton Live. He discusses his brand new free pack, Singularities, which is available on Ableton’s site for all versions of Ableton Live 10. Huston generously shares some of his wisdom on designing sounds, programming synths, and working with a well-rounded team of talented sound designers. This one is a real treat for the synth-nerds out there! Enjoy.

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Show Notes:

Singularities - 40 free Ableton Live Instruments from Ableton, created by Huston.

Instagram - Huston has been posting great jams and performances on IG.

Bandcamp - Listen to Huston’s music on Bandcamp.

Art + Music + Technology - Listen to Huston on Darwin Grosse’s excellent podcast.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Dec 18, 2018
#91: Claire Marie Lim: Electronic Digital Instruments and the Future of Music Education
01:07:02

Claire Marie Lim is a music technologist, interdisciplinary artist, and live performance designer. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Claire is a multi-instrumentalist who produces music as dolltr!ck. Claire has played an important role in planning and developing Berklee’s new Electronic Digital Instrument program, which welcomes modern technologies such as drum pads, MIDI controllers, and laptops as instruments of study. Claire’s work is paving the way for the future of music education.

In this episode, Claire discusses her work at Berklee and in the school’s revolutionary Electronic Digital Instrument program. We examine where traditional musical instruments and performances meet modern technologies and genres. Many interesting questions are raised in how new music technologies and tools can find a home in the structure of traditional educational programs, as well as how these technologies challenge the fundamental structure of the programs.

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Show Notes:

Official Site - The main hub for Claire’s professional work.

dolltrick - Claire’s work as the artist dolltr!ck

Own Devices - Pieces for motion and electronics

Eventuate - Claire’s EDI friend who performs and makes music with his modular rig, Monome grid + arc, and electric guitar

BeatMask - instrument that converts beatboxing to drum samples in real-time

Shawn Wasabi clip that is often shared by Berklee faculty

Toss of a Dice - choreography by Jiri Kylian

Jesper Nordin - Creator of Gestrument on the Music Production Podcast

Jacob Haq - iOS YouTuber on the Music Production Podcast

Let’s Get Physical - Music Production Podcast about the importance of movement while making music.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.comfor music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Dec 14, 2018
#90: Evan Chandler aka Slynk
01:29:17

Evan Chandler produces music as Slynk. He’s known for his unique blend of funk and EDM, and has an amazing collection of YouTube tutorials that dive deep into music production. Evan’s work has a unique character and originality that has brought him much success as an artist.

Evan and I had a pretty wide ranging conversation. I was excited to learn how he makes his music move with so much groove; he shared some great tips. We spoke about his work and touring, as well as how teaching can often be the best way to learn. I found Evan’s overall attitude and approach to work really inspiring. There’s a lot of great info in this episode. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Slynk’s Official Site - the hub of all things Slynk.

YouTube - Slynk has a ton of useful and deep music production tutorials.

SoundCloud - Listen to Slynk’s music. Put it on at a party. Watch everyone have fun.

Chop That Wood by Milez Benjamin - Great example of that drunken loose swing.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Dec 10, 2018
#89: Dan Giffin - Live Producers Online
53:54

Dan Giffin is a musician, producer, and engineer, who runs the site Live Producers Online, which is a social membership site for learning Ableton Live. Dan’s podcast, Ableton Live Music Producers Podcast, centers around learning Ableton Live, and features many exciting guests who share their own personal stories and experience. Philia is the name of Dan’s musical project, and he just released a new album, Miracles Happen All The Time Vol. 1.

I’ve been a fan of Dan’s podcast for a while now, and after meeting at Ableton Loop, we finally connected and had the chance to talk. Dan talks about how he arrived where he is today, recording, producing, and engineering at The Lodge Recording Studios. He discusses his music and his teaching of Ableton Live. Dan shared lots of interesting stories we can all learn from.

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Show Notes:

Live Producers Online - a social learning web site for Ableton Live, run by Dan.

Ableton Live Music Producer Podcast - Dan’s podcast. Catch me on the Audio Effects Tips and Tricks Episode.

Philia - Dan’s musical project.

Miracles Happen Vol. 1 - Dan’s new album.

DanGiffin.com - Dan’s official web site.

The Artisan’s Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Dec 06, 2018
#88: Vince Cimo, Creator of DataLooper, with Vir McCoy
01:13:53

ince Cimo is the creator of DataLooper, a hardware guitar-pedal-style controller, that makes live looping with Ableton Live quick and easy. We were joined by Vir McCoy, who was jamming with Vince to discover ways he could incorporate DataLooper into his workflow. DataLooper was created to simplify live looping, and Vince is actively seeking suggestions from his user base to make DataLooper the ultimate device for live looping.

It was exciting to speak with Vince and Vir. We spoke about the creation of DataLooper, the potential for finding inspiration in Eastern music scales, and so much more. They both shared their background as musicians who are curious to find new sounds and new ways to express their creativity.

Vince also created two Ableton Live Projects, featuring an assortment of AfroDJMac Ableton Live instruments, to demonstrate how easy it is to live loop with DataLooper. Download the sessions for free in the show notes below.

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Show Notes:

DataLooper - Vince’s creation to make live looping a breeze.

YouTube - Vince’s work as a musician and the developer of DataLooper.

Mannequins by Day - Vince’s band.

House of Hamsa -Vir McCoy’s band.

Vir McCoy YouTube - Check out Vir’s performances.

Bass Station 2.5 Update - Novation Bass Station’s new firmware features microtuning features.

DataLooper in Action - Free Ableton Live Pack #177 - Download Vince’s Ableton Live Sessions using an assortment of AfroDJMac Ableton Live Instruments and DataLooper.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Dec 02, 2018
#87: Neil "Nail" Alexander - Improvisation, Live Performance
01:34:44

Neil “Nail” Alexander is a multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist from the Hudson Valley in New York. Neil’s work spans just about every genre from jazz and classical to modern EDM and ambient. He is an avid live performer who incorporates both acoustic and electronic elements into his performances, and combines jazz sensibilities to electronic composition. Neil runs the Hudson Valley Ableton Live user group.

I spoke with Neil about his wide range of work and how he manages to wear multiple musical hats. Neil had some important wisdom on live performance and improvisation. It was great to finally sit down and talk with Neil after years of online interactions and finally meeting face to face at Ableton Loop.

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Show Notes:

Neil’s Official Site

Neil’s music on SoundCloud

Neil’s official releases

YouTube - Keep up with Neil’s work and performances.

Nail Jung - Soft Invaders - Live Performance on WPRB

Wendy Carlos Switched on Bach

The X Ensemble - Neil’s Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble

Mr. Gone - Psychedelic Electric Jazz

Thunderhead Organ Trio - Hi Octane Jet Fuel Groove

Cloudburst

Decora - Hip Hop artist Neil works with.

Piktor’s Metamorphosis

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Nov 29, 2018
#86: Lessons From Ableton Loop
26:21

I went to Ableton Loop in Los Angeles and it was an incredibly valuable experience. There were excellent panels, discussions, meet ups, and performances. But aside from the scheduled events, some of the best moments were the moments between events. I had the chance to meet and talk to so many interesting people. I finally got to meet 3-D, real life versions of tons of people I’ve followed and interacted with through the computer screen. The spirit of the event was welcoming and inspiring.

Besides loads of inspiration, I took home some important lessons. In this episode, I share some of those with you. They are lessons from the panels and workshops, as well as wisdom I picked up during the many conversations I had with other attendees. I’ve already began to apply some of the concepts to my own work and life, and I hope they can help you too!

Show Notes:

Ableton Loop - Official website

Making Music - Dennis DeSantis’s extremely helpful book.

Slynk’s Loop Experience

Ethan Hein’s Loop Experience

Ethan Hein on the Music Production Podcast

Synthtopia’s Loop Experience

Sonic Bloom’s Loop Experience

Madeleine Bloom on the Music Production Podcast

Underbelly on the Music Production Podcast

Isaac Cotec on the Music Production Podcast

Josh Spoon on the Music Production Podcast

Laura Escude on the Music Production Podcast

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Nov 23, 2018
#85: Finding Your Sound - A Short Talk at Loop
18:04

Ableton’s Loop is a summit for music makers. It’s an incredible get together for people in the music production community to meet and share ideas. The schedule of events is amazing, and there are opportunities to talk, face to face, with so many brilliant people.

I was hanging around the Maker Zone, when Angelica from Ableton asked if I’d like to do a short presentation. Since I have a thing or two to say about making sounds, I gladly accepted.

This episode is the audio of that talk. I recorded it on my Roland R-07 field recorder, and did my best to clean it up for this show. It was quite an honor to give this talk in front of so many people I admire, including Francis Preve, Slynk, Elisabeth and James from Synthtopia, Josh Spoon, and many more. My hope is that the talk fills you with a sense of empowerment to go and find your own sounds to create your own sound.

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Show Notes:

Ableton Loop - A summit for music makers.

100 Year Old Piano Free Ableton Live Pack

Instruments from a Snapple Can Free Ableton Live Pack

Synthtopia - Thanks for providing the picture :)

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Nov 11, 2018
#84: Budget Your Time Like Money - Reflect and Apply
23:41

We carefully budget our money, so why aren’t we as careful with our time? In this episode, we Reflect on and Apply words of wisdom from the very first guest on this podcast, Ben Burnes. Ben advocates budgeting your music production time carefully for maximum productivity. By carefully scheduling your time, you can get more important work done and avoid wasting time on insignificant tasks. You can also download a free Music Production Schedule I made to help us all be more efficient with our time.

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Show Notes:

Ben Burnes - Ben on the Music Production Podcast… my first guest!

Music Production Schedule - Budget your time like money using this Google Spreadsheet. (Go to File-Add to My Drive to save).

100 Year Old Piano - Free Ableton Live and Logic Pro Instrument Pack.

Ben Burnes on YouTube - Check out Ben’s prolific output of videos and downloads.

Seconds Pro - High Intensity Interval Training, great for budgeting music production tasks.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Nov 04, 2018
#83: Jakob Haq - iOS Musician, YouTuber, Creator of haQ attaQ
02:04:27

Jakob Haq is a mobile musician from Sweden. He all of his music using either iOS or other portable devices, no computer! On his YouTube channel, haQ attaQ, Jakob shares his accumulated knowledge from over 25 years of music making. Jakob specializes in what he calls “Docu-torials” on new iOS apps and portable music making gear.

After crossing paths for years, I finally got a chance to speak with Jakob on the podcast. Jakob shares some tips on how he stays productive and avoids procrastination. He was very candid about his thoughts on the current state of mobile music making, Apple, and YouTube. Jakob addresses and raises some very important concerns about the direction of music making and the avenues we as creators have for reaching our audiences.

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Show Notes:

haQ attaQ - Jakob’s official YouTube page.

Patreon - A great way to support the great work Jakob does.

Bandcamp - Listen to Jakob’s music.

SoundCloud - Listen to more of Jakob’s music.

Facebook - Jakob on Facebook, where he is sometimes streaming live.

Twitter - Connect with Jakob on Twitter.

Instagram - Some nice photos and videos…

Moog Minimoog vs. Model D - a great comparison of the app and the hardware.

My Best Work Yet? - A beautiful piece of music by Jakob.

Apple Loves Your Money - Entertaining criticism of the world’s first trillion dollar company.

Discchord - All things iOS music making.

Tim Webb on the Music Production Podcast - Discchord’s creator on the podcast.

Cocoscope - New alternative video hosting site.

LumaFusion - Video Editing iOS app.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Oct 29, 2018
#82: Let's Get Physical - Reflect and Apply
21:11

This episode is the beginning of a new type of episode on the Music Production Podcast, “Reflect and Apply.” Each episode will reflect on a lesson we learned from a guest on the show, and discuss ways to apply that lesson to our work.

Today’s lesson is about the importance of involving the body in our music production work. DiViNCi spoke about this idea in episode #33, and today we look at ways to incorporate a little more physicality into our music.

Show Notes:

Episode #33 with DiViNCi - The episode that inspired this discussion.

LATE 80’s DIGITAL - Ableton Live and Logic Pro pack, the sounds of yesterday’s tomorrow.

One Thing with Daedelus

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and sound packs.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Oct 22, 2018
#81: Diego Stocco - Explorer of Sound
01:07:22

Diego Stocco is a sound designer, instrument builder, and explorer of sounds. Diego is a master at finding music in places ordinary people do not hear it. As an imaginative craftsman, Diego has created a collection of instruments made from natural and found objects, and instrument parts. He uses his otherworldly creations to score films and trailers, design sounds for Spectrasonics, and create his own unique music. His work proves that there is still so much sound to explore in our world.

I’ve wanted to chat with Diego for a long time now. In the world of sound designers, he is a superhero. What became immediately clear in our conversation was his passion for his work. Diego makes you want to find new sounds in new places. I’m amazed at how such a well-trained musician can see past what he calls “problems of preconceptions” and explore sound as if it was the first time he ever encountered it. Diego generously shared so much wisdom and insight about his work and sound in general.

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Show Notes:

Official website - Check out Diego’s body of work.

BeHance - Explore more of Diego’s musical and sound design work.

Albums - Some of Diego’s music, using his handmade instruments and natural sounds.

Made of Sound - The latest audio/visual work, featuring music made with 17 custom instruments.

Custom Built Orchestra - Diego’s orchestra of unusually unique instruments.

Spectrasonics - Diego is one of the principal sound designer, working on Omnisphere and Stylus RMX.

Ennio Morricone - The legendary composer.

3-D Ambisonic Microphones - CDM’s piece on the future of microphones.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Oct 14, 2018
#80: Johan Sundhage - Developer at Klevgrand
01:07:19

Johan Sundhage is a developer at Klevgrand. For the last few years, Klevgrand has been making a huge impression on producers with their plug-ins for DAWs and iOS. Klevgrand combines a somewhat outside-the-box approach to their devices, centered around design and usability. Many of their devices manage to take complex audio concepts and present them in beautifully intuitive interfaces.

I had the chance to speak to Johan about the creation process at Klevgrand. Johan reveals how he and a small team of developers manage to take each other’s ideas and turn them into reality. It was great to learn about the collaborative process and the philosophical framework that underlies Klevgrand’s work. This episode is an exciting look into the workings of a company producing unique and inspiring tools.

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Show Notes:

Klevgrand - Makers of exciting plug-ins for DAWs and iOS devices.

Klevgrand Products - Check out the extensive collection of interesting audio devices.

Brusfri - Noise reduction plug-in that I frequently use on this podcast.

Projects - Check out some of the video work Klevgrand does.

Web Cassette - Klevgrand’s Cassette plug-in that runs in your web browser.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Oct 04, 2018
#79: Jesper Nordin - Composer and Creator of Gestrument iOS App
55:20

Jesper Nordin is a leading Swedish composer who has garnered considerable international acclaim in recent years. Jesper Nordin has also had huge success with his iOS app Gestrument that is based on his own composition technique.

I sat down with Jesper to talk about his new app Gestrument Pro, which sits somewhere between composition and instrument. It’s a beautiful app that makes excellent use of the touch screen interface. Jesper talked about his work as a composer, pushing boundaries of electro-acoustic music, and how he tricks himself to write music he didn’t know he likes. It was a fascinating conversation that gave me some new perspectives on creating music.

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Show Notes:

Jesper Nordin - Official web site.

Gestrument - Powerful gesture-based instrument for iOS.

Gestrument on the App Store - Buy Gestrument!

Gestrument in Concert - A look at the groundbreaking performances for Gestrument, orchestra, and clarinet.

Euronews - Coverage of clarinetist and conductor, Martin Fröst, using Gestrument.

Polar Talks - Jesper’s presentation on Gestrument and how it is integrated with the orchestra.

Emerging from Currents and Waves - Behind the scenes about Jesper’s latest work “Emerging from Currents and Waves,” featuring Gestrument, orchestra, and clarinet.

Tim Webb Explores Gestrument - Tim from Discchord takes us through a detailed exploration of Gestrument.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian Funk

AfroDJMac

Sep 28, 2018
#78: Lynden Williams aka Divorce Court - Live Performance, Arrangement, and When Music Hits You
01:48:01

Lynden Williams is a producer from Salt Lake City, Utah, who makes music as Divorce Court. Divorce Court is a chill wave, lo-fi project electronic project inspired by Lynden’s memories of youth and old home movies. I appreciate the consistent theme of faded memories and emotions, which the lo-fi nature of the music and his live visuals of old home videos bring to life.

Lynden and I spoke quite a lot about producing music, arrangements, and live performance. We spoke about the challenge we all face in believing in a musical project long enough to bring it into existence. We covered a range of topics that left me feeling inspired and better equipped to make music.

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This episode is sponsored by Splice. Splice is the creative hub for modern musicians. Head over to splice.com/afrodjmac-create and use the code: AFRODJMAC to get a free month of Splice Sounds.

Show Notes:

Divorce Court - Official Site.

Spotify - Listen to Divorce Court tracks

SoundCloud - Divorce Court on SoundCloud

Bandcamp - Divorce Court Bandcamp

Instagram - Divorce Court on Instagram

Lately.fm - a playlist of Divorce Court-approved artists

Lately.fm Instagram

Lately.fm Playlist - September 2018 playlist.

Writer’s Block - A playlist Lynden created to combat writer’s block. Great idea!

Subaqueous - the work of Ableton Certified Trainer, Isaac Cotec.

Subaqueous on the Music Production Podcast.

ELPHNT - the work of Ableton Certified Trainer, Tom Glendinning

ELPHNT on the Music Production Podcast.

Samples From Mars - Great place for samples for your projects.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Sep 17, 2018
#77: Outliers and the Practicing Mind
25:01

I just finished reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and The Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner. Both books contain wisdom and insight that can help us with music production.

In this episode, I discuss some of the important lessons I learned from the books, such as hard work surpasses talent and genius, we need to reframe the way we look at goals, and no one makes it alone.

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Show Notes:

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner

Revisionist’s History - Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast

Thomas Sterner’s website

Synth Brass Ableton Live Pack - 32 Ableton Live Instruments made from synthesized brass sounds programmed and sampled from the Prophet 6 analog synthesizer.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Sep 12, 2018
#76: Anthony Clint Jr. - Clint Productions and Music Licensing
56:44

Anthony Clint Jr., or just Clint, is seasoned producer and musician, creating hip hop, jazz, pop, and neo-soul. He's found quite a bit of success in music licensing. His work has been placed in film and on TV networks like MTV, VH-1, NBC, Fox Sports and more. Clint has been generously sharing his knowledge and experience with fellow producers on his site Clint Productions.

Clint and I had a nice conversation spanning many different topics relevant to making music. He has some great thoughts on maintaining positive work relationships with other artists, staying creative and productive in the studio, and of course on music licensing. Clint has learned how to stay focused and productive, and he has graciously shared many of those ideas with us. Enjoy!

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This episode is sponsored by Splice. Splice is the creative hub for modern musicians. Head over to splice.com/afrodjmac and use the code: AFRODJMAC to get a free month of Splice Sounds.

Show Notes:

Clint Productions - Check out Clint's website, with tutorials, blogs, webinars, and free guides.

How to Get TV and Film Placements - Clint's free webinar that will help you get started with music licensing.

How to Produce Music Faster - Great video on getting things done in the studio.

Make Mistakes in the Studio - Nice piece on getting in the right mindset for doing work, featuring some serious guitar shredding.

Clint's Instagram

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Sep 03, 2018
#75: Mikas - Creator of We Make Dance Music
01:23:15

Mikas is the creator of We Make Dance Music, a site where producers can release and purchase DAW templates, sounds, and stems. He is an audio engineer and producer who founded the label Progressive Groove Records. Mikas has over 20 years of DJing and producing experience under his belt.

I enjoyed speaking with Mikas very much. He exudes a motivation and drive for making music and the community around We Make Dance Music. In the episode, we discuss how he started his business, why he rarely uses 3rd party plugins, and how he has manages to finish nearly all of the music he starts.

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This episode is sponsored by Splice. Splice is the creative hub for modern musicians. Head over to splice.com/afrodjmac-create and use the code: AFRODJMAC to get a free month of Splice Sounds.

Show Notes:

We Make Dance Music - Mikas's site for producers to upload and purchase templates, sounds, and stems. Mikas is generously offering listeners of the podcast 20% off their purchase if they use the code: WMDMM20

Progressive Groove Records - The label Mikas founded.

Mikas's Bio

We Make Dance Music Blog - Helpful articles about making music.

Progressive Groove Records SoundCloud - Listen to the label's work.

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Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.comfor music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Aug 25, 2018
#74: Tough Lessons from a Live Performance
56:13

Sometimes we learn our biggest lessons when things don't go right. Failure can be our best teacher, and we grow when we take risks.

Last week, I performed at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo. It's a huge event where people gather to celebrate and play their favorite retro video games. I performed on Saturday night. This episode of the podcast is all about the lessons I learned, some of them the hard way.

I decided to write all new music and design a new performance setup for the show. Unfortunately, I waited way too long to get started and, as a result, was very underprepared for the performance. Luckily, it went a lot better than I thought it did and I learned some important lessons that I share with you. At the end of the episode, you can hear my entire, unedited performance, and judge it for yourself. Enjoy!

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This episode is sponsored by Splice. Splice is the creative hub for modern musicians. Head over to splice.com/afrodjmac-music and use the code: AFRODJMAC to get a free month of Splice Sounds.

Show Notes:

Long Island Retro Gaming Expo - A old school video game fan's dream come true.

Consoul - Incredible big band video game music.

Super Thrash Bros. - Heavy metal video game music.

VGM Collective - A jazzy take on video game music.

Destryur - Synthwave, horror movie music.

LSDJ - Little Sound DJ for Gameboy

Super 8-Bit Ableton Live Pack - 150 Ableton Live Instruments made from samples of NES and Gameboy.

COIN-OP - 8-Bit Chip Sounds Ableton Live Template.


Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Aug 20, 2018
#73: Ari Herstand - Author of How to Make It in the New Music Business
01:03:43

Ari Herstand is a musician, blogger, and author. In December 2016, he released How to Make It in the New Music Business. The book is currently high on the Amazon charts for music business books and is used in university classrooms. Ari takes his experiences, successes, and failures and turned them into one of the most informative books you can get on creating a career in today's music business.

I had a great conversation with Ari, who was full of energy and enthusiasm. Ari dispels some common myths about the music industry and delivers an often much-needed wake-up call to artists of any genre. I love Ari's tone and delivery. His book and blog, as well as this conversation, are a straight-forward, occasionally harsh, but always-inspiring kick in the pants. He makes points that we all need to hear, and he does it with the purest of intentions. Enjoy!

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This episode is sponsored by Splice. Splice is the creative hub for modern musicians. Head over to splice.com/afrodjmac and use the code: AFRODJMAC to get a free month of Splice Sounds.

Show Notes:

Official Site - Ari's official web site and main hub to all of his work.

Ari's Take - A wide variety of advice for musicians, producers, and performers straight from Ari's own experience.

How to Make It in the New Music Business - Indispensable and essential book for anyone looking to make a career with music. I recommend the audio book version, read by Ari himself.

Brassroots District - Ari's new musical project, a throwback soul-funk band. Definitely take a look to see the clear and intentional "artistic message" of the project.

Digital Distribution - Ari's extensive breakdown of the various ways to digitally release your music.

How to Get Hired or Fired - Important read if you want the job.

How to Negotiate - This is an important skill to learn for your career.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Aug 15, 2018
#72: Madeleine Bloom - Creator of Sonic Bloom for All Things Ableton Live
01:33:04

Madeleine Bloom runs the site Sonic Bloom for "all things Ableton Live, Push, and Max for Live," and the site is truly a treasure trove for tutorials, downloads, and more. The site grew out of her experience as Ableton tech support, and makes for an interesting story of the unpredictable path life often gives us. Madeleine's music is a beautiful combination of the organic and the electronic. It's interesting in both emotional and technical perspectives.

I had a great and very wide ranging conversation with Madeleine. The show actually starts off with an extensive discussion about health and fitness, often one of the first things we let go of as workloads grow. From there, we get into making music, workflow, and more.

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This episode is sponsored by Splice. Splice is the creative hub for modern musicians. Head over to splice.com/afrodjmac-music and use the code: AFRODJMAC to get a free month of Splice Sounds.

Show Notes:

Sonic Bloom - Madeleine's web site for "All Things Ableton Live, Push & Max for Live."

Official Site - Learn about Madeleine's music and read her blog.

Bandcamp - Check out Madeleine's releases.

Patchwork - Madeleine's 2012 album EP.

Max for Cats - Powerful and unique Max for Live devices.

Ableton Live Skins - Madeleine will give your Ableton Live a complete makeover.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick - Joe Rogan interviews Dr. Rhonda Patrick, expert on nutritional health.

Nutrition Facts - Madeleine asked me to post this link as an alternative perspective in response to the Dr. Rhonda Patrick link above, who Madeleine disagrees with. 

Matthew Walker - Joe Rogan interviews Matthew Walker, sleep expert.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Aug 05, 2018
#71: Peter Nyboer - Sensel Morph and Music Technology
01:23:33

Peter Nyboer works for Sensel, a company that produces the Morph, a multi-touch, pressure sensitive USB and Bluetooth controller. The Morph is used for music producers, artists, gamers, and developers. It features easily swappable overlays for those many different applications. Peter also worked for Livid Instruments, makers of custom MIDI controllers and instruments.

Peter and I discussed the Morph and his experience with Sensel, Livid, and various music-focused tech companies. Peter lays out the challenges of developing hardware in a rapidly technological world. It was great talking with him, enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Sensel - Makers of Morph, multi-touch, pressure sensitive, USB and Bluetooth controller.

Morph - Details about the Morph controller.

Ableton Live Control Surface Script - Use this to make Ableton Live immediate recognize and understand Morph.

Livid Instruments - seriously awesome music products for live performance, electronic production, and DJs.

Mod Devices - Makers of MOD Duo audio effects, instruments, and more device.

Sensel Morph Kit - Free Ableton Live Pack I made for the Sensel Morph (works with or without any controller though).

Factory Instruments and Percussion - Two Free Ableton Live Packs I made with samples from the Livid Instruments factory.

SoundCloud - Check out Peter's music, under the name Slambassador.

Redactive Audio - Big thanks to Scott of Redactive Audio, who has helped me clean up some audio files for the podcast.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Jul 26, 2018
#70: Cristofer Odqvist - Author of Making Sound: Creative Music Production Tips and Philosophies
01:20:03

Cristofer Odqvist is an audio engineer, sound designer, and the author of Making Sound: Creative Music Production Tips and Philosophies. Making Sound is a valuable resource for producers because it gives actual techniques you can put to work in your projects. Behind each technique are philosophical ideas and guidelines which will further guide your work in the future.

In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, Cristofer talks about his beginnings as an engineer and how he learned to improve his craft. We talk about his book and some of the techniques and philosophies it uncovers. It was a great conversation with many valuable lessons that will certainly help in the music making process.

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Show Notes:

Making Sound - Cristofer's book of Creative Music Production Tips and Philosophies.

Twitter - Cristofer's Twitter feed is loaded with quick tips and inspiring ideas for producers.

The Pro Audio Files - A collection of tutorials Cristofer has written.

Thank you for listening. Please consider giving the Music Production Podcast a review on your favorite podcast provider. And don’t forget to visit my site AfroDJMac.com for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Jul 19, 2018
#69: Alessio Santini - Found of K-Devices, Max for Live and iOS Music Tools
01:01:41

Alessio Santini is the founder and lead developer of K-Devices. K-Devices specializes in music creation devices for Max for Live and iOS. Their slogan is "colorize your sound" and they focus on devices that have smart user interfaces, are easy to use, and have light CPU usage. Recently K-Device released their second batch of OOG, or Out of Grid, Max for Live devices. This series specializes in adding some variety and fluidity to your music and exploring rhythms that deviate from the musical time grid that so much music is bound to.

On this episode of the Music Production Podcast, Alessio talked to me about the philosophy behind his programming, how the design and limitations of our instruments influence the music we make, and his background as a doom-metal guitarist.

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Show Notes:

K-Devices - Max for Live and iOS devices created by Alessio and his team.

Shaper - K-Devices first iOS app for audio effects.

OOG Series - OOG stands for Out Of Grid. A collection of sequencers and tools for interesting timings.

Blog - Keep up with news on K-Devices

Kenter - Alessio's new EP. Love the guitar and drum work here!

Elli - Alessio's record label.

Thank you for listening. Please visit my site AfroDJMac for music production tutorials, videos, and Ableton Live devices.

Brian

Jul 14, 2018
#68: Tim Webb - Creator of Discchord.com for iOS Music Apps
01:36:23

Tim Webb has gone to great lengths to bring us the latest and greatest in iOS music making news. His site Discchord.com covers all the latest releases, updates, and relevant YouTube walkthroughs, jams, and reviews of music making software for iPhone and iPad. In a refreshing blast of honesty, Tim is not afraid to tell you what apps suck and are not worth your time. He has been a faithful supporter of developers and app users worldwide for the better part of the last decade.

Tim was kind enough to sit down with me for a in-depth discussion about his work, developing apps, and creating and maintaining a one person business. He offers important lessons on discipline and sincerity that are applicable to all kinds of pursuits. Tim has been extremely supportive of my own work and the work of many creatives who put themselves and their art on the web. It was a pleasure to finally speak with him and learn some important lessons and viewpoints on running a successful music-based business.

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Show Notes:

Discchord - Tim's website, dedicated to covering all things iOS music making. Buy your apps through his affiliate links to help support Tim's work, at no cost to you.

YouTube - Check out Tim's videos on iOS apps and music production tutorials.

Twitter - Follow Tim's work on Twitter.

Patreon - Support Tim on Patreon.

Everyone Can Play Music - A great video series, and the one that helped me learn my Korg MS-20. Thanks Tim!

Let's Play with Apps - Tim explores a variety of iOS music apps.

API Hack - Tim's own app for doing things I don't understand!

Cassini - One of Tim's favorite synth apps.

Foodman - We spoke about this article on Ableton.com about Foodman's unique approach to music making.

Expanding Sound - Music production tutorials, sound packs, and music from my good friend, Mike Longo.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to head over to AfroDJMac.com to follow my work.

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Thanks,
Brian

Jul 09, 2018
#67: Christopher Postill - Sounds Like an Earful
01:04:25

Christopher Postill runs the web site Sounds Like an Earful, where he offers music for podcasters, video makers, and anyone that needs professional quality music for their creative projects. Christopher runs a podcast editing business and works as a graphic and web designer.

Christopher's work interests me because he is taking his passion for music making and sound editing and turned it into a successful business. In this episode, Christopher discusses his work and balancing it with a day job. He talks about staying focused and disciplined, while avoiding burn out. I especially enjoyed his perspective on setting clear and attainable goals, which he can use as personal landmarks for his success.

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Show Notes:

Sounds Like An Earful - Christopher's site where he licenses his music for creative projects.

The Community Roadmap - Christopher is very open and clear about his goals for his work, and he shares those parameters here.

Twitter - Connect with Christopher on Twitter.

Sleep With Me Podcast - Bedtime stories to help adults fall asleep.

Thanks for listening! Please visit AfroDJMac.com for more podcasts, music production tutorials, sound packs etc…

Jul 05, 2018
#66: Matthew Fecher - AudioKit Pro, Synth One, and Open-Source Software
01:18:03

Matthew Fecher is a music software developer and part of the AudioKit Pro team. AudioKit Pro provides free and open-source audio software for developers to use in their apps and software. He and an enormous team of developers and collaborators just released Synth One, a free and open-source iOS synthesizer.

I had a chance to talk with Matthew about the release of Synth One and the entire AudioKit Pro project. Matthew discussed working on a long term project and dealing with difficult setbacks. He explains how sharing ideas and working with others can lead to tremendous growth for an entire community of people. Matthew's enthusiasm and ability to think big is truly contagious, and the lessons he has learned can be applied to all types of projects.

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Show Notes:

AudioKit Pro - Free and open-source audio development toolkit, powering millions of app installs.

Synth One - The powerful and beautiful sounding Free and open-source iOS synthesizer app.

FM Player - Free and open-source iOS sample player, featuring sounds of classic DX FM synthesizers.

Matthew's Website - follow Matthew's work here.

AutoPad - iOS for playing background pads, made with AudioKit Pro.

AudioBus Forum - A great community for developers of music apps.

Ego is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday's book about the enemy within.

Jun 30, 2018
#65: Some Thoughts On Finishing Songs...
49:59

How do we take an 8 bar loop and turn it into a finished song? It's probably the question people ask me most. As my students at Berklee are putting the finishing touches on their final project, it has been a major point of discussion. Then I received an email from a listener named Ed, who was seeking some advice on how to finish tracks.

In this episode, I discuss the issues we all face in finishing songs. This is definitely not an end all be all - there's certainly room for a part 2 and 3 and 53 - but this episode answers attempts to answer the particular problems that have come up in the last few days.

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Show Notes:

DREAM KEYS Ableton Live Pack - a collection of bedtime, mellow synth-keys instruments for Ableton Live. Check out the free DREAM KEYS Lite Pack.

Making Music - Dennis DeSantis's absolute must-read book of 74 creative strategies for electronic music producers.

A Simple Mistake That Will Ruin Your Mixdown - A 2 minute Ableton Live Tip that shows how to end your tracks smoothly.

How to Make Music Like Marshmello - Using one song as a guide can be a powerful education experience.

Jun 20, 2018
#64: You Already Have Everything You Need
22:11

Do you really need that new piece of gear? The truth is, probably not. Our modern day smart phones have more music making power than state of the art studios from just a few decades ago.

In this episode, we talk about gear lust and how it gets in the way of our creative process. Plus I offer a few challenges you can give yourself to overcome the urge to buy new gear, accomplish goals, and perhaps reward yourself with a new toy when appropriate.

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Show Notes:

AfroDJMac Music Production Club - My monthly subscription service that gets you a download every month, as well as LOTS of other cool stuff when you join.

You Already Have Everything You Need to Make Music - My article for Berklee Online's Take Note Blog.

Peaceful Synths - Ableton Live Pack of softer, mellow synth sounds. Use this link (or input the code: podcast) to get it for half price.

SUBS - A collection of sub bass synthesizers or Ableton Live.

Take Note - Berklee Online's Blog. Lots of great information, tutorials, and interviews about making music.

Take Note Podcast - Berklee's podcast. This is the episode with Marlon Williams.

Waterfalls - My 150th Free Ableton Live Pack, made from samples of the waterfalls of Norway's Fjords.


Jun 14, 2018
#63: Vincent Musolino - Physicist and Author of How Audio Works
01:33:29

Vincent Musolino is a physicist and the author of How Audio Works. In the book, Vincent gives important information about how sound originates from the instrument, is recorded by the microphone, converted to digital in the DAW, and then back to analog when it leaves the speakers. It's a very musician friendly guide to a very technical subject. It's a great book for anyone interested in understanding the physics behind sound.

In this episode, Vincent gives a detailed explanation of the journey sound takes and the nearly miraculous result that is music. We discuss the odd juxtaposition of the mathematical and emotional, the creative and the technical, that makes sound music. Enjoy this episode as there are powerful lessons that can dramatically enhance our musical productions.

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Show Notes:

How Audio Works - Vincent's book about the journey sound takes from the instrument to the computer and out the speaker.

Official Website

Fletcher-Munson Curve - How humans hear different frequencies.

Jon Hopkins on Song Exploder - Listen to Jon Hopkins break down a track from his new album.

Adam Neely at Loop - Adam Neely shows how everything is a rhythm.

Jun 05, 2018
#62: Dan Carr - Reverb Machine
01:32:35

Dan Carr runs the site ReverbMachine, which is one my favorite new discoveries. On the site, Dan dissects and recreates the synthesizer patches used on popular songs by artists such as Tame Impala, Kanye West, Beach House, Nine Inch Nails, and more. At the end of each post you can download the presets and project files he creates. It's a powerful tool for learning how to program synthesizers and apply effects to achieve popular sounds. Like me, Dan also began his journey into music by playing guitar. I find his approach to sound design reflects the mentality of guitar players with their pedals and amplifiers. Those techniques translate to synthesizer sound design in exciting ways.

I sat down for a conversation with Dan about his work and music production in general. Dan shared his process for dissecting the sounds from his favorite artists. It was a really fun conversation with a person doing some really exciting work for the music production community.

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Show Notes:

ReverbMachine - Dan's Site where he dissects songs, recreates synth patches, and explores how artists make their music.

Recreating Frank Ocean Tracks - Dan's piece for Reverb.com all about the sounds of Frank Ocean.

Recreating Gone Girl - Another Reverb.com piece where Dan rebuilds Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' soundtrack for the film Gone Girl.

Synth Patches - Dan's collections of presets for popular synth plugins.

Ableton Sessions - Take a look under the hood as Dan recreates tracks by a wide range of artists.

ReverbMachine on Facebook

ReverbMachine on Twitter

ReverbMachine on Instagram

Moog Prodigy - Vintage Synth Explorer review of a classic synth.

Soundtoys - We spoke a bit about their great plugins.

Tame Impala - A favorite artist for both me and Dan.

Tal Juno Chorus Plugin - It's free and sounds awesome.

Jun 01, 2018
#61: Isaac Cotec - Subaqueous, Ableton Certified Trainer
01:02:13

Isaac Cotec is a musician, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer. He makes music as Subaqueous and runs a website and YouTube channel about all things music production and Ableton Live. This summer he will run his 3rd Audio Grove Music Retreat.

I first met Isaac in 2013 when we were going for our Ableton certification. Since then, I've followed his work closely and collaborated with him on a few Ableton Live Packs. 

This conversation with Isaac covers a lot of topics, including his Audio Grove Music Retreats, how he likes to batch his work together to be more productive, and his own workflow for the album writing process. It was a lot of fun catching up with Isaac and learning some of his tips and tricks to stay productive and inspired.

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Show Notes:

Official Site - Subaqueousmusic.com is where you will find all of Isaac's tutorials, music, and downloads.

Music - Check out Isaac's music on SoundCloud.

YouTube - Learn from Isaac and get some free downloads.

Silk Drop - Isaac's collaboration with Heather Christie.

Audio Grove Music Retreat - A peaceful getaway for music making.

Ableton - Isaac's bio on Ableton's web site.

Wavetable Course - Isaac created an in-depth course for Ableton's Wavetable Synthesizer.

The Round Wavetable - 32 free Wavetable Instruments that Isaac contributed to.

Wavetable Preset Tutorials - Learn to make Wavetable presets with Isaac.

Ice Caves Free Ableton Live Pack #99 - This is a really cool collection of Casio SK-1 instruments I made, combined with Ice Cave samples Isaac made.

Free Dubstep Beat Builder - Isaac is kind enough to offer his Dubstep Beat Builder for free to all AfroDJMac Music Production Club members!

May 17, 2018
#60: Underbelly - And You Suck At Producing
57:41

You might not think that telling people they suck at producing is a good way to win over fans, but Underbelly has managed to take that approach and build a community of eager producers around it. His YouTube channel, You Suck at Producing, is growing at a hyper pace thanks to his powerful lessons and hilarious sense of humor. Underbelly packages important lessons in concise videos laced with a lighthearted attitude and dry humor.

As a fan of his work, I had a great time talking with Underbelly. He's a classically trained pianist and an adept producer. During our conversation, Underbelly discusses his approach to his work as a teacher and a musician. He highlights the importance of not taking ourselves so seriously as artists, but being serious about discipline and producing quality music. I found him especially nice to talk to because he has a balance of deep knowledge and skill, but is open and honest about his own struggles as a musician. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

You Suck at Producing - Underbelly's official page.

Underbelly's Youtube - A seriously hilarious and helpful channel for music production.

Music - Check out Underbelly's music on Soundcloud.

Private Lessons - Get some one-on-one time with Underbelly.

Live Looping Tutorial - A nice live looping tutorial Underbelly did for DJ TechTools.

Pyramind - Learn in the classroom with Underbelly.

Discord - Join in the conversation and perhaps your song will be roasted on Underbelly's live stream.

Endtroducing by DJ Shadow

FKJ - Live looping guitarist.

StickK - Punish yourself for not accomplishing your goals by helping causes you don't like.

May 09, 2018
#59: On the Origin of Inspiration
14:08

Recently, Dan from pATCHES asked me write a musical manifesto for his site. I was just finishing Samuel Adoquei's Origin of Inspiration: Seven Short Essays for Creative People. The book had struck me in a powerful way, so I wrote my manifesto based on 3 lessons I took from the book. This episode is my reading of that manifesto over some ambient music made from my Wind Chimes instruments and Isotonik Studios' Arcade Series Returns.

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Show Notes:

Origin of Inspiration - Samuel Adoquei's amazing book of "Seven Short Essays for Creative People."

My Manifesto on pATCHES - This is the original post on pATCHES of my essay on Origin of Inspiration.

Manifestos on pATCHES - Words of wisdom from some great minds in the music world.

pATCHES on the Music Production Podcast - A great talk with the men behind pATCHES.zone.

Ethan Hein on the Music Production Podcast - Ethan Hein drops some powerful knowledge.

Free Flutes for Ableton Live - Rozalind MacPhail supplied me with some great flute samples, which I turned into 7 free Ableton Live instruments.

Rozalind MacPhail on the Music Production Podcast - Rozalind speaks about her work.

Wind Chimes Ableton Live Pack - I used two of the instruments from this collection for the background music.

Isotonik Studios Arcade Series Returns - I used the Arkanoid to sequence the notes in the background music.

Mark Towers on the Music Production Podcast - Mark Towers is the creator of the Arcade Series.

Apr 30, 2018
#58: Inspiration - Hunt! Don't Wait to be Struck by Lightning
27:09

This podcast was inspired by a student question. He asked "How do I get inspired to make music?" It's a great question, but I think it contains some underlying beliefs that need to be addressed. In this episode I encourage you to hunt for inspiration. To make yourself inspired. If you wait for inspiration, you'll never get anything done.

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Show Notes:

The AfroDJMac Music Production Club - Get new production tools in your inbox every month.

The War of Art - Steven Pressfield's life changing book on making great art.

DiViNCi - Some powerful lessons on creativity and productivity from DiViNCi's talk on the Music Production Podcast.

No Such Thing As Writer's Block - I meant to mention this in the episode but forgot :( Great take on a common excuse!


Apr 27, 2018
#57: Emilio Guarino - Author of Make It: A Guide for Recent Music Graduates
01:49:01

Emilio Guarino is a bassist, music producer, and author of Make It: A Guide For Recent Music Graduates. His music ranges from orchestral to jazz and electronic. In his book, Make It, Emilio picks up where music school left off and offers practical tactics and insights one can use to begin a career as a musician.

It was really nice talking to Emilio about his experiences in the academic music world and how he has managed to bridge that world with the day to day life of a working musician. In this conversation, we talked about what it means to "make it," and the practices and philosophies one must embrace to find success in music.

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Show Notes:

Official Website - The hub for Emilio's work.

Make It - This book is not only covers the philosophical and practical path to finding success as a musician, but it just as easily serves as a metaphor for any creative endeavor.

Chromatic Endpin - An angled endpin Emilio designed for upright bassists.

Instagram - Follow Emilio visually.

You've Never Hear Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" - An NPR review of the classic album.

Akimbo - Seth Godin's new podcast.

 

Visit the Music Production Podcast webpage!

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Apr 11, 2018
#56: Ethan Hein- Music Professor, NYU Doctoral Fellow, Blogger
01:13:31

Ethan Hein teaches music technology NYU and Montclair State University. His blog covers all kinds of related topics on music theory and technology. Ethan's work is a must for anyone looking to go deep into studying music and the culture surrounding it.

Ethan and I had a great conversation about creating music, overcoming obstacles, and finding meaning in one's work. I really enjoy how Ethan is able to tie together concepts and illuminate new ways of understanding what music means and how it impacts us and reflects the state of our world. 

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Show Notes:

Ethan Hein Blog- Tons of great writings on all things making music.

NYC Ableton Live User Group- Full video of an advanced user group meeting, featuring Ethan Hein, Ben Casey, Thomas Piper, and AfroDJMac.

Disquiet- The work of Mark Weindenbaum, where you can find the weekly Junto Project Ethan spoke about.

33 1/3- A series of books about albums.

Music Technology Syllabus- Ethan's syllabus for his Music Tech course at New York University.

Apr 05, 2018
#55: John Holt - The Audio Journey
01:23:29

John Holt runs The Audio Journey, which teaches music production, especially for beginners. Though he covers some of the most basic concepts in entering music production, he also covers some more complex ideas and problems most producers face when it comes to advancing and finishing tracks.

It's pretty obvious that John and I read a lot of the same books, listen to the same podcasts, and subscribe to a lot of the same philosophies. There's a lot of "yes! I love that book too!" moments. The result is a pretty extensive set of show notes to go along with this episode. We had a really nice conversation exploring some of the common problems producers of all levels face, and shared our different solutions with each other. 

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Show Notes:

The Audio Journey

The Audio Journey YouTube Channel

The Audio Journey Instagram

The Audio Journey Facebook

The Audio Journey Twitter

Gary Vaynerchuk - for regular and swift motivational kicks in the @$$.

Keith Mills - Ableton Certified Trainer and founder of Quantize Courses.

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset - a great article about Carol Dweck's work on Brain Pickings.

Impact Theory - Videos on unlocking human potential.

Calm - an app for meditation.

10% Happier - Meditation without the "woo-woo" by Dan Harris.

Man's Search for Meaning - a powerful work by Viktor Frankl

Ryan Holiday - Author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy.

Tim Ferriss - Author of the Four Hour Work Week and host of the Tim Ferriss Show

Stop Trying to Make Money Online - "The first step in making money online is to stop trying to make money online."

Mar 30, 2018
#54: Tom Frampton - Mastering the Mix
01:30:11

Tom Frampton is a producer, mixing and mastering engineer, author, and plugin designer. Never Get Stuck Again is his new book that gives producers a road map of the production process and practical and technical tips and techniques to navigate that map. His website Mastering the Mix, has great production tips and is where he offers his extremely helpful plugins. 

Tom and I had a great conversation about problems in the production process and how to overcome them, as well as his own plugins and book. Lots of great insights in here!

Tom is graciously offering listeners of this podcast a free 15-day trial of all of his plugins, plus a free chapter of Never Get Stuck Again. Click here to get it!

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Show Notes:

Mastering the Mix - Tom's web page, featuring a helpful blog, his book, and some great plugins.

Levels - A plugin that is taking track analysis to the next level!

Expose - A plugin that will show potential problems within your mix.

Reference - A plugin that allows you to compare you track to other tracks, and highlight the differences between yours and the reference.

Never Get Stuck Again - Tom's new book, packed with practical and technical help to finish music.

Decoding the Mix - Tom analyzes the top streaming song of 2017

19 Time Savers -  A great list of ways to save time and energy in the studio. 

Special Offer - Get a free trial of all three of Tom's plugins, plus a free chapter of Never Get Stuck Again.

Mar 20, 2018
#53: Where Will You Be in One Year?
20:27

It has been one year since this podcast began. Happy Birthday, Music Production Podcast! In this episode, we discuss where we would be in a year if we started something new today. Whether it is a couple of small steps or something dramatic, add it up over the course of 365 days and the effects will likely be huge. We also talk about building the habit of always doing your best. It applies to life and to music making. Thanks for listening and inspiring me to keep making episodes!

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Show Notes:

AfroDJMac Music Production Club - a new download every month to help you make music.

12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson - lots of great, practical life advice, that applies to making music.

Mar 06, 2018
#52: Rozalind MacPhail - Flutist, Electronic Musician, and Educator
01:44:12

Rozalind MacPhail is a flutist and producer who blends effected flute, electronics, voice, omnichord and silent film. MacPhail creates music for film and live performance and has released several albums of original work. She explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience. Rozalind recently took home an East Coast Music Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and MusicNL’s Female Artist of the Year. MacPhail is sponsored by Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments

I had a great conversation with Rozalind about her work as a flutist and electronic musician. We discussed everything from the technology, philosophy, and technical approach Rozalind uses in her music.

Show Notes:

Official Website: The hub for Rozalind's work.

Bandcamp - Rozalind's releases.

SoundCloud - More of Rozalind's music.

YouTube - See some of Rozalind's Audio/Visual work.

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Gemeinhardt Flutes

The RPM Challenge - Make an album during February.

Robert Dick - World Renowned Flutist

The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer

"The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Feb 25, 2018
#51: Push4life - Eshan Khadaroo - Producer, Session Drummer
01:56:40

Eshan Khadaroo is a professional session drummer, producer, and educator. He producers tutorials and online music production courses on his site Push4Life. By applying his deep understanding of drumming, Eshan offers musicians and producers a unique approach to finger drumming and electronic music production.

My conversation with Eshan ranged from all kinds of interesting topics. We explored his background and the wisdom he gained touring with Cirque du Soleil and a variety of touring bands. Many philosophical topics that apply to making music and beyond came up. It was a diverse and stimulating conversation that I think will provide us all with a deeper understanding of the pursuit of creative endeavors.

Show Notes:

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play

Special Offers! Expires March 8, 2018!
Eshan is generously offering a 20% discount to listeners of the Music Production Podcast on two of his course: Ableton Push 2 Composition Course and Finger Drumming Bootcamp Just use the code: AFRO at checkout.

About Eshan - Eshan assembled a nice YouTube playlist about his work

Push4Life - Stay up to date with Eshan's work

Instagram - Eshan's Instagram photos

Facebook - Connect with Eshan on FB

YouTube - a wealth of tutorials and videos by Eshan

Music Sound and Silence - Eshan's new podcast

Session Drumming - Eshan's work as a session drummer

Melodics Course - Check out Eshan's finger drumming course on Melodics

Agile Software Development

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Feb 22, 2018
#50: 2 Ways to Develop Your Tracks
31:36

Let's continue our #FinishFebruary2018 work! In today's episode, we talk about a couple of techniques we can use to move forward with our tracks. I'd still characterize these steps as the planning phase, but I think taking these extra steps will focus our work in the future, which will ultimately save us time. It's very easy to get lost in making music without any direction; these two steps will help focus our work. 

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Show Notes:

Warp 10 - A full and free video course on all of the updates in Ableton Live 10.

Google Spreadsheet: Use this spreadsheet to categorize your jams and organize your thoughts on each one.

My Spreadsheet - Here's what I did with my spreadsheet. I still want to add a few tracks from the previous year that will fit in with some of the jams from #Jamuary2018.

My Jamuary 2018 Tracks - YouTube playlist of all 31 jams.

Making Music - A guide to beginning, progressing, and finishing tracks, by Dennis DeSantis. About 1/3 of the book is available here for free.

Freytag's Pyramid - Plot diagram.

Feb 13, 2018
#49: Laura Escudé: Producer, Performer, Live Show Designer
54:59

Laura Escudé is a producer, performer, and live show designer. She performs electronic music as Alluxe, creating music that borrows from the classical and modern world. Her company, Electronic Creatives, is the brains behind some of music's largest live performance acts. Clients include, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Herbie Hancock. She recently just ran a successive retreat for live musical performance and physical wellness.

After her trip to the Grammys supervising Logic's performance, Laura sat down to have conversation about live performance, touring, and taking the time to take care of yourself. 

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Show Notes:

LauraEscude.com: Laura's official website.

Alluxe: Laura's music

Electronic Creatives: Laura's company, providing state of the art music performance services.

Alluxe on Spotify

Transmute Retreat: Music performance and wellness retreat.

Feb 07, 2018
#48: Let's Start #FinishFebruary2018
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January 2018 was spent creating a small piece of music every single day for the #Jamuary2018 challenge. It was a lot of fun and pretty challenging. Lots of people participated and there were a ton of really cool jams. Now we are going to do something with them!

It's time to begin #FinishFebruary2018 !! 

The first thing I think we are all entitled to is a short break. Take a step back from your music making and assess what you have. It's probably pretty likely you've forgotten about some of those jams. 

After a couple days of rest, let's look at the situation. I've built a spreadsheet on Google Sheets to help categorize your jams. There are eight columns to fill out for each day.

Jam Name: Give your jam a name to help identify it (this can change).

Notes: List anything that might be relevant. Instruments used, style, groove, feel... anything that will help you identify the track. What still needs to be done?

BPM: List the BPM of your jam.

Key: What key is your jam in?

Mood-Theme-Genre: What is the emotion of the track? Any interesting theme? The Musical Genre.

Group: Label these with letters. If a jam is similar in some way to another jam, give it the same letter. It is ok to have multiple letters on a single jam if it has something in common with multiple jams.

% Complete: Estimate how close this jam is to completion.

Rating 1-4: How likely are you to use this jam. 1-Not likely, 2-Maybe, 3-Probably, 4-Definitely. 

Feel free to add your own columns. If you do, let me know what you added! 

You may notice that I added ten addition spots for jams after day 31 (A-J). I'm going to use this to add some unfinished ideas I've had over the last year that I think might fit in with some of the other jams. I encourage you to go back and pick 10 of your favorite unfinished ideas from the past year and keep them in mind as we go through the month.

If you did not participate in Jamuary, that doesn't mean you can't do Finish February! Look through your unfinished ideas and pick your favorites and list them in the spreadsheet!

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Show Notes:

Google Spreadsheet: Use this spreadsheet to categorize your jams and organize your thoughts on each one.

Fact TV Against the Clock: Producers get 10 minutes to make a track. Very inspiring!

My Instagram: Find my jams and thoughts for Finish February.

Jamuary2018: Check out the work of everyone involved in Jamuary 2018!

FinishFebruary2018: Here's a hashtag to follow on Instagram.

My #Jamuary2018 Jams. These are the full-length videos, in reverse chronological order. Enjoy :)

Feb 03, 2018
#47: Merlyn Silva - Producer, Educator, Ableton Certified Trainer
02:08:15

Merlyn Silva is a musician, sound artist, and educator from Denmark. His work spans many different genres, with a focus on electronics and glitch. A background in drama helps Merlyn shape both his music and teachings. 

I had a great conversation with Merlyn, spanning a wide range of topics. He's got some great thoughts on being productive. I especially liked his "hats" method. In this talk, Merlyn shares his thoughts on making music, teaching, and his musical collaboration with a cup of coffee. Merlyn's enthusiasm is infectious. Enjoy this talk!

*A little disclaimer... Unfortunately, there were some errors on my end of the audio. I believe it was merely a bad microphone cable that caused some bothersome clicks and pops. I actually found that adding a layer of vinyl record crackling helped to mask the glitches and make the listening experience more enjoyable. Although it's certainly not ideal, I don't think that it takes away from the valuable wisdom Merlyn shared with me. Thanks for your understanding!*

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Show Notes:

YouTube - Merlyn's channel with some great performances and tutorials.

Twitter - Merlyn's Twitter.

SoundCloud - Listen to Merlyn's music.

Warp Academy - Great tutorial by Merlyn on creating interesting vocal chops.

Jan 18, 2018
#46: Ten Days into #Jamuary2018
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I am ten days into #Jamuary2018, and productivity is at a high. Jamuary is a challenge to create a piece of music every day. It doesn't have to be great; it can be a jam, loop, idea, performance... it doesn't matter. The point is to just make music. 

I've learned some valuable lessons in these first ten days. I've managed to create and put out a jam every day. It's become extremely empowering to know that it can be done. It's led to some important insights and discoveries. In this episode, I will tell you the story behind the experience and some of the specific things I've discovered, as well as some of the improvements to my workflow that have happened as a result of the Jamuary discipline. Plus I will let you hear some of the music. 

If you aren't involved in #Jamuary2018, it's not too late. Join in now! Start making little jams each day for the rest of January. You will be amazed at how much it will help! Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

AfroDJMac Instagram - I'm posting all of my #Jamuary2018 jams here.

COIN OP Ableton Live Template - Ready to go 8-Bit music Ableton Live Project.

Gibson Ebow Ableton Live Instrument - This is the 2nd free Ableton Live Pack I ever made!

World Collection - Isotonik Studios Music Reactive Visuals.

Samsara - Customized Granular Looping

Plogue Chip Speech - Incredible Singing Robot Plug in.

Izotope Nectar - Vocal Suite Plug in.

Fugue Machine - iOS MIDI Sequencer.

Patterning - iOS Drum Machine.

Figure - iOS Beat Maker.

Samplr - iOS Sampler

Audiobus - iOS Audio Router.

Jan 12, 2018
#45: Get Ready for #Jamuary2018
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During the month of January 2018, I will be participating in #Jamuary2018, and I encourage you to do the same. The challenge is to create and share a piece of music every day. It doesn't matter how good or complete it is, the point is to create music each day during the month of January. Feel free to share ideas, grooves, jams, musical explorations, full songs... whatever you come up with for the day. You can share your jam however you like, but it seems like Instagram, using #Jamuary2018, is the most popular place to do it.

In this episode, I explain what #Jamuary2018 is, what the goals are, and how my participation in #Jamuary2017 helped me grow as an artist. Embedded in the episode are thoughts on how #Jamuary2018 will help you with discipline, separating left and right brain tasks, and exploring and experimentation. I will be posting my jams each day on Instagram and this podcast. Each day I will share the music I make, how I made it, and what I learned. Today, we get ourselves ready for a busy and productive #Jamuary2018! I hope you join me in the challenge!

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Show Notes:

Cuckoo's Thoughts on #Jamuary2018

How to be More Creative - a post I wrote about the early stages of the creative process.

Maximum Productivity from Proper Use of Left and Right Brain - Jason Timothy's Ableton Forum post about making music.

Jason Timothy on the Music Production Podcast

Against the Clock - Fact Magazine challenges producers to make a track in 10 minutes.

Cuckoo on Instagram

#Jamuary2018 on Instagram - Follow this thread and share your jams.

My #Jamuary2017 tracks

Dec 31, 2017
#44: Dustin Ragland - Young Weather, Educator, Engineer
01:01:39

Dustin Ragland is a musician, educator, and engineer. He teaches at the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO in Oklahoma City. Dustin creates music under the name Young Weather and is an Ableton Certified Trainer. He owns and operates Mir Studio in Oklahoma City.

In this episode of the Music Production Podcast, Dustin and I discuss a wide range of topics related to making music. Dustin shares his thoughts on how to work well with other musicians, his role at the Academy of Contemporary Music, and the importance of preserving curiosity. 

Show Notes:

Young Weather - The musical project of Dustin Ragland

Bandcamp - Young Weather on Bandcamp

iTunes - Young Weather on iTunes

Pyramind - A wealth of video tutorials by Dustin

Instagram - Dustin's Instagram

Max for Live - Dustin's free Max for Live creations

Mir Studio - Dustin's recording studio in Oklahoma City.

AMC@UCO - The Academy of Contemporary Music at University of Central Oklahoma.

 

Dec 26, 2017
#43: Josh Spoon - Ableton Certified Trainer, Producer
01:15:17

Josh Spoon is a musician, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer living in Los Angeles. His music pulls inspiration from hip hop and alternative rock. Think Dr. Dre meets the Flaming Lips. Josh runs the site Producerskitchen.com, where he shares his deep knowledge of music production and live performance.

In this episode, Josh and I talk about staying creative, losing yourself in the moment, and how to stay in that creative moment. 

Show Notes:

Josh Spoon.com - Josh's site for his music and teaching

The Producer's Kitchen - Tutorials on music production

Bandcamp - Listen to and get Josh's music

SAMPLEnHOLD - Performance collective of "electronic weirdos"

Reverb.com - How to Make Your Drums Sound Like Ringo Starr

Music Production Podcast web page.

AfroDJMac.com

Dec 17, 2017
#42: Sam Gribben - Melodics Founder and CEO
46:47

Sam Gribben is the founder and CEO of Melodics, as well as the former CEO of Serato. Melodics teaches people how to play MIDI pad controllers, electronic drum kits, and now keyboards. What makes Melodics unique is that it uses aspects of video gaming to teach the discipline of practice. Melodics makes practicing fun and productive in a few minutes a day. I've been using it for finger drumming for over a year and my skills have grown tremendously.

Sam was kind enough to spend some time with me to discuss the newest version of Melodics, the importance of discipline, and how to make learning both fun and productive. 

Download Melodics and use the promo code: MusicProduction-Podcast to unlock extra lessons for free.
 

Support the Podcast on Patreon

Show Notes:

Melodics - Learn finger drumming, electronic drumming, and keys. Unlock extra lessons for free with the special promo code: MusicProduction-Podcast 

Jane McGonigal - Game designer and author

Dec 06, 2017
#41: Kristoffer Lislegaard - Electronic Musician and Producer
01:29:55

Kristoffer Lislegaard is an electronic musician, producer, and sound artist from Norway. He is one half of the duo, Sgrow. Sgrow combines influences from pop, ambient, and club music. They've just released their new album, Circumstance. 

I wanted to speak with Kristoffer after hearing the new album because I was intrigued by the interesting palette of sounds made from a combination of real world instruments, field recordings, and synthesizers. Kristoffer has some really inspiring takes on sound design and manipulating samples. Our conversation covers various topics from unusual sound design techniques, some of his favorite gear, and learning how to leave the ego behind to have successful collaborations.

Show Notes:

Sgrow - Kristoffer's electronic duo with Vilde Nupen

Sgrow on Facebook

Sgrow YouTube Channel

Kristoffer's YouTube Channel

Critter & Guitari Organelle

LOM Elektrosluch

Lo-Fi Loop Junky

Monome

 

Check out my website AfroDJMac.com for more music production materials.

Nov 29, 2017
#40: The Most Important Lesson...
26:59

What is the most important lesson? If my students remember just one thing, what would it be? 

Check out AfroDJMac.com/podcast for the full show notes, featuring some very useful videos and links. 

Support this podcast on Patreon and by shopping the AfroDJMac Store!

Nov 10, 2017
#39: Ableton Live 10 - My Thoughts After a Few Months
37:52

Ableton has just announced Live 10, the latest development of the popular DAW. It’s currently becoming available to beta testers now and will be released in early 2018. I’ve had access to Live 10 for the last few months and have quite a lot to say about it. In this episode, I discuss some of my favorite features and devices. There are some sound examples to help demonstrate my points, as well as some thoughts on how Live 10 has improved my music making experience. Basically, an Ableton Live nerd reveling in his new toys. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Free Ableton Live Pack 162: Mitchell's Harpsichord

New in Ableton Live 10 - My YouTube Playlist with in-depth tutorials and walkthroughs of some of my favorite new features

Nov 04, 2017
#38: Francis Preve - Sound Designer, Journalist, Educator
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Francis Preve is a synthesist, journalist, and educator, amongst other things. He is one of the industry's most in-demand sound designers. In fact, it seems like every time I investigate the names behind some of my favorite synths, apps, and plug-ins, I find Francis Preve. His writing can be found in popular magazines such as Keyboard, Computer Music (UK), Future Music, EQ, and Music & Computers. Francis is a college professor in Austin, Texas. He also creates some of the finest sound packs on the market for Ableton Live via his company SympleSound.

I've admired and learned quite a lot from Francis' work over the years. He's even been kind enough to allow me to use some of his samples to build Ableton Live Packs. It was a real pleasure talking with him. His depth of understanding of sound design is incredibly impressive and a joy to explore. As this conversation will show, it is all fueled by an undying curiosity and love for sound and music. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

 

 

Nov 01, 2017
#37: Roisner - Ancient Instruments
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Francois Benner producers music as the artist Roisner. He recently released his latest album Rhombes Timber 25000 BC. For this project, Roisner sampled hundreds of instruments that date all the way back to prehistory. He then reached out to me to create Ableton Live Instruments so he could use them and his samples to create his newest album.

In this episode, Roisner and I discuss the production of his latest album. We talk about our collaboration on the Ableton Live Pack, ANCIENT, which we've been working on over the last year and a half. It was a great talk about finding new avenues to realize an artistic vision. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:


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ANCIENT
Ableton Live Pack

ANCIENT is a collection of 104 Ableton Live Instrument and Drum Racks all made from samples of instruments that date back to prehistoric times. Journey back to the roots of human music-making with the instruments and sounds of ANCIENT. 

Buy Now

*ANCIENT is the October 2017 download for the AfroDJMac Music Production Club*

Requires Ableton Live Standard 9.7 and Above


Oct 22, 2017
#36: Chris Rucks - Don't Make Beats Like Me
01:12:43
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Chris "MAYDAY" Rucks doesn't want you to make the same mistakes he made. He wants to save you time and prepare you for the journey. Most producers make the same mistakes as producers before them. To help combat this, Chris Rucks has written Don't Make Beats Like Me - 24 Powerful Laws to Guide You Towards Success As a Music Producer. The book breaks down a host of challenges most producers will face and explains how to handle them. It's a bit like a warning sign, a shoulder to cry on, and a slap in the face all at the same time. Chris dishes the sometimes harsh realities of what it really means to be a successful music producer.

I had a great chat with Chris. He is full of deep insights and wisdom, as well as some obvious truths that are easy to underestimate. I've been able to preview a few chapters of his book and it left me feeling inspired and prepared. The issues he raises can be enough to stop producers in their tracks, but Chris has a way of making you feel as if you can make it through the journey, without ever sugar-coating it or pulling his punches. 

Enjoy this talk and be sure to pick up his book!

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Show Notes:

Essential recommended reading by Chris Rucks:

Oct 07, 2017
#35: Cooper Anderson - Mixing Engineer, Producer
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Cooper Anderson is a mixing engineer and producer with a pretty impressive resume. Undoubtedly, you've heard some of his work. Cooper's credits include work for artists like Fun, Kanye West, Ghost Killah, and John Legend.

Cooper and I had a chance to speak about his work and experience. I found Cooper to have some nice insights into what it takes to find success in the music industry. Enjoy! 

An afterthought from Cooper: "I’ve been thinking about the desert island golden piece of gear….I said Antelope cause that’s what I was thinking about at the time, but now I’m thinking maybe my monitors….Adam A7x. That would probably be my one indispensable item." 

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Sep 22, 2017
#34: Mark Towers: Ableton Certified Trainer, Arcade Series Creator
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Mark Towers is a fellow Ableton Certified Trainer from the UK. He is the creator of the Arcade Series, a collection of retro video game inspired Max for Live sequencers. Mark teaches music technology at Leicester College. 

I've been a huge fan of Mark's work for quite some time. Being a fan of old school video games, the Arcade Series is one of my favorite collections for Max for Live. In this episode, we talk about the creation of the Arcade Series, finding ways to fill gaps in our own abilities, and the importance of doing work that is meaningful to oneself. Mark was a pleasure to talk to, and he left me inspired to make more music!

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Sep 06, 2017
#33: DiViNCi - Producer, Composer, Musical Sensei
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DiViNCi is a producer, composer, and educator from Orlando, FL. He is known for his high energy, mind-blowing finger drumming skills, his group Solillaquists of Sound, and his work for Lauryn Hill. He travels the world performing and giving music production workshops. 

I had a chance to attend one of DiViNCi's workshops at the Ableton User Group in Brooklyn at The Brooklyn Home of Music. Just as dazzling as his performance was his philosophical view point on creating music and finding balance in one's life. DiViNCi's teachings are immediately applicable to making music, but that's just the surface of what he does. The real power is in how he connects his views on life and self-awareness to everything a person does. 

DiViNCi and I had a great conversation about finding flow, trusting your intuition, and how his experience in the martial arts has shaped the way he approaches life and music. There are a lot of valuable lessons in here, so get a pen and paper and be ready to take some notes!

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Here's a nice introduction to what DiViNCi does:

Aug 30, 2017
#32: Breaking Down My New EP, "Country Punkin"
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I just released my newest EP, Country Punkin. It's a collection of 4 to-the-point no-nonsense rock songs, inspired lyrically by country music and musically by punk rock. There are no intros, outros, interludes, solos, or instrumentals. Every song begins right away with only the core meat-and-potatoes parts of the song.

Recorded entirely on the Teenage Engineering OP-1's four track, using a Shure SM57 plugged straight into it. Instrumentation is Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals. 

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This was the studio for "Country Punkin"

In this episode, I talk about the creation of the EP. We go over it's philosophy, the goals, inspiration, process, recording, instrumentation, lyrics, and themes. I play you some isolated tracks, as well as each song. I hope it inspires you to finish your next project!

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Country Punkin is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and wherever else you stream your music!

Aug 25, 2017
#31: Craig Swann of LoopLabs.com
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LoopLabs is a cloud based music studio that allows you to compose music using its huge selection of loops. Everything gets tempo and key matched, so it always sounds good. It's a great place for beginners or for experimenting with ideas. 

Craig and I sat down for a nice conversation about his vision for Looplabs, the music industry, and the role future generations will play in music making. 

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Definitely check out Looplabs.com. I'm very excited about how this could open the door to music production for a whole new generation of people. I've even contributed some loops to the library of loops available to use. Maybe sit down with your younger sibling, nephew, or child and have fun making music without worrying about theory or technicalities. It's a great way to share the joy of making music. Regardless of your experience, Looplabs could be a perfect introduction to music creation or a springboard for your next composition.

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Show Notes:

  • LoopLabs.com - The web-based DAW
  • Medium - Looplabs' producer showcase
  • Spotify Needs to Face the Music - We talked about the viability and profitability of streaming services. I admit some of the stuff that came out of my mouth was only partially informed speculation. Here's an article with an oh-so-clever headline that will do a better job at shedding some light on the topic.
  • No Music Theory Ableton Live Rack - Make music without understanding music theory

Here's a video I made, using Looplabs and some of the loops I provided to the collection:

Aug 24, 2017
#30: The Power of Collaboration - Homework!
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It is a wonderful day and age in which we can create, write, and record music all by ourselves. We have the technology to do every step of the process on our own. While this can afford us plenty of freedom and releases us from the struggle of coordinating schedules and ideals with others, if we never work with other people, we are really missing out. 

Collaboration is one of the best ways to learn, grow, develop, and discover new ideas. I personally believe that a good collaboration can bring you wisdom that could take you years to develop on your own and new ideas that you might not ever discover otherwise. 

This show is about the power of collaboration. I discuss how collaboration has benefitted me and highlight my recent experience creating the Ableton Live Whistle Pack with pATCHES. I then go on to create a piece of music using some of those sounds. 

You Have Homework!

Need an excuse to make music or some direction to help get you going? Well I have a homework assignment for you! Collaborate with someone else to make some music. How you collaborate is entirely up to you. Do it in person or over the internet. Find a musician to play a part or ask someone for an idea or direction. Sample someone singing, talking, washing the dishes... Send someone a half-finished track to work on. It really doesn't matter.  Post your results on the Music Production Podcast Facebook Page. Maybe even find someone on that page to collaborate with! Just create some music with the help of another person. 

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Aug 01, 2017
#29: Homework- Make Music with Unusual Sound Sources
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We all strive for the best gear, highest quality samples... but lets not forget that you can make beautiful music from unexpected places. This episode is all about challenging yourself to create music from sources you wouldn't normally think you could. 

You have a homework assignment! Create some music from a source or sound that you wouldn't normally use. Maybe it's a terrible preset, an old toy, a piece of wood that vibrates in a funny way... it doesn't matter. Just challenge yourself to make music from an unusual sound source.

Post your results at the Music Production Podcast Facebook page. My piece is there too. 

I hope you enjoy this talk and it gives you inspiration to make music in new ways!

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Show Notes:

Music Production Podcast Facebook Page - Give it a like and post your homework assignment! 

Americanas Vinyl Synth Ableton Live Pack - Ableton Live Instrument Racks made from samples of old vinyl records of the music of North and South America.

Pacific Vinyl Synths Ableton Live Pack - Ableton Live Instrument Racks made from samples of old vinyl records of music from the Pacific Islands.

AfroDJMac Music Production Club - Get a new Ableton Live Download every month, as well as a bunch of other goodies when you join.

Free Ableton Live Pack #44: Justin Bieber Super Fun Pack - A Justin Bieber toy guitar actually turned into some cool sounding instruments.

Free Ableton Live Pack #41: Steel Water Bottle Synth - A non musical object turned into a music making synth.

Jul 21, 2017
#28: Erin Barra - Performer and Educator
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Erin Barra is a musician, songwriter, teacher, and performer specializing in the convergence of music and technology. She has created music curriculum for students of all ages, including Beatz for Girlz, which specializes in bringing music production to young women and Berklee College of Music. She's worked with Grammy-winning artists and is a powerful voice in the world of music technology and education. 

Erin and I had a great conversation about a wide range of topics including education, creativity, and some of our favorite creative tools. 

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Jul 14, 2017
#27: Thomas Piper - The People's Republic of Sound
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Thomas Piper is an accomplished musician, producer, performer, and video artist from New York. Over the years, our paths have crossed many times at various shows, workshops, and Ableton User Groups.  It seems like wherever the action is, so is Thomas! Recently, Thomas' work was featured in a  documentary by Ableton. 

We had a great conversation about live performance, overcoming creative blocks, and building community. I love his positivity. Thomas is an example to all of us about productivity and hard work. This episode is loaded with great insights and powerful knowledge from a man who is doing the work!

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Jul 07, 2017
#26: Thomas Glendinning - Ableton Certified Trainer, ELPHNT
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Thomas Glendinning is an Ableton Certified Trainer, formerly from Cape Town, South Africa, but now living in London. Tom creates music under the name ELPHNT, which is pronounced "Elephant." There he creates sample packs, Ableton Live Packs, and tutorials. We sat down for a conversation about making music, sharing your work, and building communities. Enjoy!

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Jun 25, 2017
#25: Andrew Whiteman - Broken Social Scene
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Andrew Whiteman is a musician and songwriter out of Toronto. He plays guitar in Broken Social Scene and has a number of other projects including Sonic Poetry and AroarA.  Andrew is about to embark on a tour with Broken Social Scene, as they release a new album on July 7th. We spoke about creativity, change, and performing on Stephen Colbert's late night show. 

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Sonic Poetry:

Broken Social Scene performing on David Letterman's show:

AroarA, Andrew's collaboration with his wife, Ariel:

Jun 20, 2017
#24: Regrets
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Most of the things I regret in life are the things I did not do, and not the things I did do. With the exception of being mean or vindictive, in most cases taking action resulted in a positive experience in one way or another... even if it was by learning from failure.

In this episode of the podcast, I discuss this idea and how it applies to music production. I share a story of a live performance I nearly backed out of but ultimately went through with. In the end, it turned out to be the right decision by a long shot. For the first time on the Music Production Podcast, you'll actually hear some music. It's the iPhone recording of that very live performance that almost never happened. The experience left me in a better place than if I had taken the easy way out and bailed on it. I hope you enjoy this episode and it inspires you to take action!

Jun 10, 2017
#23: Bedroom Producers Blog - Tomislav Zlatic, Editor in Chief
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Tomislav Zlatic is the creator and editor in chief of Bedroom Producers Blog, a website dedicated to sharing music making tips, software, and gear for music making enthusiasts and professionals alike. Over the years, BPB has been extremely supportive of my work, and we have even collaborated on a few projects. 

I had a chance to chat with Tomislav about writing, staying consistent, and our mutual love of old school video game chip music.

Bonus Free Ableton Live Pack: Yamaha DD-8 Drums and Synths - These Free Ableton Live Instruments were made from some of the free samples over at Bedroom Producers Blog. Enjoy!

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Jun 06, 2017
#22: Michael Harren - Composer and Performer
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Michael Harren is a composer and performer from Brooklyn, New York. He combines classical and electronic components, plays piano for Sandra Bernhard, and produced a one-man theater piece called "The Animal Show." Michael recently returned from Moogfest and sat down with me for a conversation about making music.

Bonus: Get a free Ableton Live Pack created from a Skype glitch during our conversation!

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May 31, 2017
#21: Cars and Trains -Tom Filepp
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Tom Filepp makes music as Cars and Trains. He describes his sound as "electronic-folk toy-instrument live-looping craziness." I was originally drawn to Tom's music because of its combination of electronic and acoustic parts. In this episode, we discuss the creative process, some gear,  and finding music in unlikely objects like cardboard boxes.

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Show Notes: 

Cars and Trains - electronic-folk toy-instrument live-looping craziness by Tom Filepp

Subscribe to Cars and Trains - Bandcamp subscription that keeps you in the loop of Tom's work

True Deceiver - Tom's other, heavier music project

Bastl Micro Granny - Exciting little granular synthesizer

Ableton is the Engine - Ableton's feature on Cars and Trains

AudioMulch - Tom's dessert island software

Soulsby Atmegatron - Arduino based digital 8-bit synthesizer

 

May 20, 2017
#20: Why I Have a Money Back Guarantee (and You Should Too!)
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This is a little case study about how doing things that may seem counterintuitive can actually be productive. Sometimes we can win even if we lose or are cheated. 

Having a money-back guarantee on digital products leaves me open to the possibility that people could be buying my products and asking for their money back even if there is no problem. It's an easy scam. But in truth, I think the potential for this is much smaller than the benefits. 

In this episode I discuss how we can think outside the box a bit with our music.

Enjoy!

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May 06, 2017
#19: Jesse Brede Founder of Gravitas Recordings
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It's all about community. People connecting, sharing ideas, collaborating and supporting each other. This is something Jesse Brede, founder of Gravitas Recordings, understands.

I  think we can all picture that stereotypical record label, with the stack of demos on a desk that just get shoveled into the trash without ever being heard. Gravitas Recordings is different. They want to hear new music and are looking for new artists all the time. They've found a unique way to reach the community of producers through their new site, Gravitas Create. 

In this episode, I got to speak with Jesse about being a part of the music community, finding and encouraging new artists, and educating young people and involving them in the music making process. 

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Show Notes:

Gravitas Recordings

Free Music From Gravitas

Gravitas Create 

Gravitas Create Facebook Group

Lion's Share Digital - Jesse's web agency

Jesse's Music on Soundcloud

Jesse on Facebook

Music from Gravitas Artist CloZee

Team Supreme "Strength in Numbers" 

Women's Audio Mission

Erin Barra

High School Sounds- Free Ableton Live Pack 144

Noverture Percussion - Free Ableton Live Pack 142

May 03, 2017
#18: Eban Crawford aka Senator Jaiz
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I spoke with Eban Crawford, who makes music as Senator Jaiz. Eban is bringing his workshop, "No Permission Needed," to Moogfest for the second year in a row. He has an awesome "grown up" music job at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. In this episode, we discuss a plethora of topics like his sound design work for the museum, which involved creating music to the flight data of an egret; his popular workshop for Moogfest; and creating imperfections in digital music. It was inspiring and fascinating; just look at those show notes! Enjoy!

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Apr 28, 2017
#17: Nuno Santos Imaginando Founder, Co-Creator of DRC Virtual Analog Synth
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Nuno Santos is the creative force behind Imaginando, a company that makes applications for creating and controlling music. The latest project is DRC, a virtual analog synthesizer for mobile and desktop platforms. It allows you to create and edit sounds on any platform and access them from all other platforms.  Imaginando also released a powerful Ableton Live controller called LK. 

In this episode, Nuno and I have a great conversation about building an app, how to create something featured packed yet intuitive to use, and all kinds of topics related to making music. 

SPECIAL OFFER: Nuno is offering 50% off the desktop version of DRC. Head over to Imaginando and use the code: AFRODJMAC to get this fantastic virtual analog synthesizer for half price . The sale is good April 24- May 1, 2017. 

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DRC is powerful virtual analog polyphonic synthesizer that recreates the characteristic sound of an analog synthesizer. DRC aims to reproduce the special characteristic of the most cherished analog synthesizers by proving a minimal but powerful set of parameters, for limited but incredible sonic capabilities.
Apr 24, 2017
#16: pATCHES - Dan and Pierce - Ableton Live Tutorials with Style
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Dan Hilse and Pierce Porterfield are the creative forces behind pATCHES.zone, a website full of useful tutorials, sample packs, and Ableton Live Packs. What sets their site apart is the practicality of the information and the beautiful presentation. Every page has characteristic GIF images to help explain the concepts and ideas within the post. 

I had a chance to talk with Dan and Pierce about their work, making music, and how they approach delivering complex material in a world of ever-shrinking attention spans. 

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Show Notes:

Tutorials on pATCHES

Ableton Live Devices

Max for Live Devices

Utilities - Including those Radiohead Groove files!

Manifestos - Philosophical pieces on making music (including my own!)

Ludicrous CGI Abs

Jai Paul stolen album

Figure iOS app

Roger Linn on Art + Music + Technology

99% Invisible - Nick Drake

Searching for Sugarman

 

 

Apr 21, 2017
#15: It's Not a Competition
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Are you looking at fellow musicians, bands, dj, and producers as your competition? Stop! You'll get much further fighting the war with an army than as just one soldier. Think more about building community. In this episode, I talk about building community and adding value to others in order to grow. 

This episode was a bit of an experiment; it was recorded in my car during a commute. The audio quality is a little lower than I'd like, but I hope it doesn't distract from the important message!

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Team Supreme: Strength in Numbers

Apr 18, 2017
#14: Jason Timothy of MusicSoftwareTraining.com
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Jason Timothy in that awesome The Jesus and Mary Chain t-shirt!

Open up your minds, because Jason Timothy is about to fill it with gold. Jason is a professional music producer, DJ, Ableton Live coach, and author. He also runs the site MusicSoftwareTraining.com. What I like about Jason's work is that it's more than just tutorials on compressing kick drums, it is rooted in a philosophical stance on creativity and productivity. You could easily read his blog about music production and apply it to any artistic or creativity endeavor. This conversation proves that Jason is the real deal. It was a lot of fun for me and gave me lots to think about! 

There's so much in here and we barely scratched the surface of some of Jason's work. Be sure to check the show notes below for some incredibly helpful resources. 

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Apr 15, 2017
#13: Animus Invidious of PerforModule
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I had a chance to talk with Animus Invidious of PerforModule for the podcast. Animus and I have collaborated on a few Ableton Live Packs in the past. His work on PerforModule is both unique and extremely useful. On the show we had a chance to discuss digital hoarding, the importance of organization, and how to make use of the tools we have. Animus is generously providing a download and explanation of his intricate Elemental Mixing Spreadsheet that ensures he makes use of all the tools in his plug-ins folder.

As a special bonus, Animus provides a free download of his new Dynamic Panning Audio Effect Rack. I've also built a Stereo Rhythmic Gating device that I'm packaging together with his device for the 151st Free Ableton Live Pack.  Download it here.

The conversation runs deep and through a lot of different topics. Listen and enjoy!

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Some Music from Animus Invidious:

Apr 13, 2017
#12: Uri Nachmias creator of Sonic Logic
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Uri Nachmias is the creator of Sonic Logic, an iPad app that allows you to build your own custom MIDI controller. We had a great discussion about creating apps, balancing features and simplicity, and the lost art of getting to know a piece of gear.

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Apr 09, 2017
#11: Charlie McCarron, Host of Composer Quest
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One of the great podcasts for songwriters and producers is Composer Quest. The show tackles making music from all different angles and takes wisdom from the host, Charlie McCarron, and a wide array of guests. Recently the show finished its final episode with a 12-city world tour.

I had the pleasure to speak with Charlie about music, his work, and the community of musicians he met while hosting Composer Quest. 

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Visit Charlie McCarron on Twitter and Instagram

Apr 07, 2017
#10: Chat with Ben Burnes
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Episode 10 is a special episode because it's the first conversation!

I had the privilege to speak with Ben Burnes about creativity, chip music, growing as an artist and more. Ben is a composer and active YouTuber with some very interesting ideas on making music and the creative process. I first heard of Ben on the late, great Composer Quest podcast. It was a real treat chatting with Ben. He is no joke. Ben is putting out tons of useful content every week. Listen in to his words of wisdom and be sure to click on some of his links in the show notes.

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Some Related Videos:

Music Made with Famitracker

Ben's Two Hour Track Challenge

Creative Explorations with Ben Burnes

Andrew Huang - Making Music with Electromagnetic Fields

WindChime Ambience by AfroDJMac

More about the Wind Chimes Ableton Live Pack

Apr 02, 2017
#9: Share Your Secrets
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When we come up with something new and unique, it's tempting to hide it away and keep it for ourselves. But I think that if we give away our secret tricks it can actually help us grow as artists. Also, it's a great way to help other artists grow. And who knows, something you share could very well come back to you in a new form and ultimately inspire you again!

Mar 30, 2017
#8: Focus on What You Can Control
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What is your definition of success as a musician? Are your goals undermining your ability to find success? In this episode, we talk about what kinds of goals can help you find success and what kinds of goals may be dooming you to failure. It's all about a change in mindset and how a few words from Steve Martin could make all the difference!

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Mar 27, 2017
#7: Ditch the Template; Break the Routine
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Let's play devil's advocate to our last episode on streamlining and maximizing our music production time. Today I want to go against a lot of important productivity tips, such as creating templates, routines, and patterns, in order to find new inspiration. Breaking a routine and changing patterns can allow us to climb out of a rut and see things with new perspective. 

For today's episode, let's ditch the template and break the routine!

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Mar 23, 2017
#6: Maximizing Your Music Production Time
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Mar 21, 2017
#5: Let's Get Time on Your Side
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How do you find time to make music? We all live busy lives. Producing music is so time-consuming! Here are some tips, techniques, and tricks you can use to find and maximize your time for making music.

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Show Notes:

Your Turn To Hold Me Accountable - LifeHacker

War of Art  by Steven Pressfield

Rescue Time

Seconds Pro High Intensity Interval Timer

Mar 18, 2017
#4: To Go Pro or Not To Go Pro
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Do you want to make a living making music? Yea? Really? Are you sure? 

What does it mean to "go pro?" What are the positive and negative consequences of success? Here are some thoughts on what it means to become a professional, as well as a surprisingly relevant reading of Shakespeare's "To Be or Not To Be" soliloquy in Hamlet.

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Show Notes:

"To Be or Not To Be"

Seth Godin on the Moment with Brian Koppelman

Mar 11, 2017
#3: You Will Never Be A Master
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This episode focuses on the importance of maintaining a learning mindset. It's all about keeping the mind open for opportunities to grow, even from the most unlikely of sources.

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Mar 09, 2017
#2: Make Bad Music
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Are you having trouble moving tracks forward and finishing them? Perhaps you need to make bad music. Here are some words of encouragement to see your projects, even if they are not your best, to the end.

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Show Notes: Links to things mentioned in the episode.

Social Story Songs with Brian and Chris

Cuckoo (for his #Jamuary2017 challenge)

My #Jamuary2017 Tracks:

Mar 05, 2017
#1: Lessons From My Journey
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Welcome to the Music Production Podcast! This podcast is an informal and unrehearsed exploration of topics related to music production, recording, songwriting, and creativity. 

The first episode deals with some important lessons I learned along the way. I hope you enjoy it. Please leave your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions in the comments below.

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Mar 05, 2017